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If you have been in a serious, long-term relationship with a partner of the same sex for any length of time in Clinton Township, the topic of marriage may have come up, even before it was legal in Michigan. Although options were limited in the past, couples may have decided to make their marriages official with a license from another state, or have a ceremony in Michigan even though it did not legalize the union. Whether you chose one of these paths or waited until the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, deciding to divorce your spouse now may still be more difficult than it would be for a heterosexual couple.

According to NBC News, one of the struggles facing same-sex couples in various states where marriage has been banned is the validity of their marriage certificate. For a couple in Mississippi, the laws of Massachusetts, which is where they married several years before, required them to be residents of that state for at least 12 months before they could divorce. However, since their own state did not recognize their marriage, it was considered not valid, and they were told they did not need to divorce. After one spouse had remarried, Mississippi began honoring same-sex marriages, and her first marriage became legal, while her second was not.

This is just one example of the many complications that same-sex couples are encountering now that all states have begun to comply with the federal mandate. The issues you face may not involve legal precedents that would inform a judge who is hearing your case. So, while this information may give you an idea of challenges that some have encountered, it should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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