In Colorado same-sex marriages are treated exactly the same as any other marriage. This means that the same rules apply to a same-sex divorce as any other divorce. This also means that same-sex divorces can be just as complicated and difficult. Additionally, couples who formed a civil union under Colorado’s previously created civil union law must go through a process functionally indistinguishable from a divorce. If you have children with your same-sex partner, then the parentage of your children may or may not become a legal issue that the judge must address. Regardless, it is likely that parenting time, decision-making authority, and child support will be entered.
If you are part of a same-sex marriage or civil union and are going through or contemplating a divorce, you would benefit from speaking to a family law attorney who has experience with same-sex divorce.
If you are interested in speaking to one of the family law attorneys at Smith & Shellenberger, LLC, please contact us at (303) 255-3588.