Opposite-sex couples are not the only ones that opt to cohabitate or marry and have family law issues. Same-sex couples also enter into relationships with each other in these ways. When the relationships between same-sex couples end, they must address the same matters opposite-sex couples face. This is true regardless of whether the same-sex couple marries or decides to live together as a couple in a common-law relationship. It is possible that in the future, there will be more same-sex marriages. This shift is due at least in part to pressure placed upon these couples by society.
This theory is supported by a study recently conducted by the University of British Columbia. The study’s authors reported that after same-sex couples received the right to marry in 2005, the conversations around marriage changed. Many of the 22 individuals interviewed by the study’s authors indicated that despite successfully creating relationships outside of what was officially recognized by society, they thought more about marrying their significant other. While there are probably many reasons for this, one is likely the notion that marriage legitimized the relationship.
Regardless of whether a couple is opposite or same-sex, everyone is unique, with different priorities. To make sure their concerns are adequately addressed when a relationship–whether it be a marriage or common-law– ends, it is in the best interest of all involved to work with a lawyer who has experience handling matters of this nature. The family law team at Peterson Stark Scott can assist LGBTTQ persons with a wide variety of issues including, but not limited to, support, alimony, child support, child custody, division of property and allocation of debt.