For same-sex partners in Spokane, throughout Washington State and across the U.S., there is a consistent flux as to whether their domestic partnership agreement will be recognized everywhere. In spite of Washington State's acknowledgement of domestic partnerships, the overriding issue of same-sex marriage is still awaiting resolution across the country, with a pending decision from the U.S. Supreme Court regarding this situation.
For many years, same-sex partners fought for their rights to have their relationships recognized by the state of Washington and across the United States. Now that the state is transitioning any existing domestic partnerships to marriage in the coming months, issues of same-sex divorce may be more of an issue for some. These unions will face the same legal issues when ending a marriage that other couples do and it can be very important to have an understanding of the sometimes complex elements of such situations.
In Washington State, the legal issues surrounding same-sex couples are being watched carefully as the laws across the United States change. In the state, same-sex couples are subject to the same laws as couples of the opposite sex. When there is a decision to part ways, the same legal issues that confront male-female couples often confront male-male and female-female couples. These can have to do with property, custody of children and the other factors that await resolution when a split happens.