Though most people will argue that divorce is one of the hardest things you will ever had to go through, some people might say that it's the aftermath that's the trickiest to navigate. That's often due in part because of the items you have collected over the years--some with emotional ties, some without--that now must be divided amongst the two spouses. But what do you do with those marriage specific items, such as your wedding dress or rings, after a divorce?
A first-of-its-kind case out of Texas this month has a lot of people here in Washington seeing how complicated things can get when criminal law and family law are in contention. It's also making lawmakers across the country reconsider whether their own state laws are equipped to handle a similar situation in the future.
When the housing market bubble burst, a collective groan range out across the country among married couples who were preparing for a divorce. Though this would mean cheaper rental properties top move into, it also meant depressed home prices that offered little return on their investment. As a result, many divorced couples bit the bullet and decided to continue living together despite the dissolution of the marriage. But for those couples who couldn't manage this arrangement, navigating the housing market became an even bigger challenge.
Like divorces with heterosexual couples, same-sex couples are likely to encounter the same hurt feelings, the same drawn-out process and the same bitter disagreements if they too find their marriage failing. But unlike heterosexual couples, same-sex couples are directly impacted by several federal and state laws that might not give them the same journey through the divorce process.