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Same-sex divorce in Colorado under civil union law

Depending on how much is at stake in a divorce, the process can become a tricky situation. It may be even trickier when a same-sex couple decides to divorce. Since Colorado seven passed a civil union law, seven dissolution cases of same-sex couples have been filed in the courts.

Recently, Colorado passed a civil union law that acknowledges same-sex relationships. Under the law, same-sex couples who have decided to end their relationship would have legal protections for distribution of property and assets, child support and visitation and spousal support. One of the couples seeking to dissolve their relationship have been in a relationship for 32 years. This law would help prevent those same-sex couples who have been together for a long period of time from losing assets they acquired before ending their relationship.

Currently, 13 states have legalized same-sex marriage. Each state's laws on ending a same-sex relationship are different. Depending on the state, a same-sex couple may have to live in that state for months before dissolving their relationship. Other states may require a same-sex couple to dissolve their relationship in the same state where it started. In Colorado, a same-sex couple may dissolve their legal relationship even if their relationship began in a different state.

Divorce can be one of the most difficult and emotional decisions a couple can make. It can be a challenging situation for most same-sex couples or any couple. While most same-sex couples have felt that all hope is gone when dissolving their relationship, they now have doors opened for them in Colorado.

Source:, "With civil unions comes dissolution: 7 cases in Colorado courts," Patrick Malone, July 9, 2013

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