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Two ceremonies may create divorce issues for same-sex couples

When you and your partner decided to make your relationship official according to the law, you may have had to leave Clinton Township to enter into a domestic partnership or civil union. You may also have celebrated the right to marry in Michigan with another legal ceremony. If you and your spouse are now facing divorce, The Law Offices of Lorrie J. Zahodnic, P.C., is aware of ways that these multiple ceremonies may have an impact on the outcome of your marriage dissolution.

Marital property is jointly owned by you and your spouse, while separate property may be an asset that one of you owned prior to the marriage, that was not mingled with or affected by marital property. It could also be a gift or inheritance belonging to one of you that was kept separate. MassMutual.com explains that having more than one anniversary may mean two or more dates for the court to consider when determining whether an asset is marital or separate, and the outcome could have a major impact on the division of property.

The first legal bond you made with your spouse in another state may also have created lingering responsibilities and ties that must be dissolved, in addition to your divorce in Michigan. While you may include these when you file in Clinton Township, if you do not, you may have loose ends that lead to complications if you later marry a new partner. More information about complexities that face same-sex couples is available on our web page.

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