GAY MARRIAGE LEGALIZED IN MINNESOTA
SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IN MN
Effective August 1, 2013, Minnesota will recognize marriage between same-sex partners. This is a huge advance in the fight for marriage equality, and it solves a number of significant problems. One of the most significant problems it solves is how to dissolve relationships of same-sex partners when a legal marriage occurred in another state.
SAME-SEX DIVORCE IN MN
Same-sex divorces bring a special set of problems to the table. Many of these relationships are long-standing, with assets that have been commingled for many years, without the protection of marriage. These assets will require special treatment in order to avoid an inequitable result. Similarly, debt in these relationships may well be one-sided, and it may well be necessary to look at the entire relationship, rather than just at the married portion iN order to reach a fair settlement. Courts will be asked to move the standard valuation date (which is the date of the first regularly scheduled pre-trial hearing—most commonly, the Initial Case Management Conference).
CHILDREN AND GAY MARRIAGE
Additionally, Courts will be asked to take a much broader look at the meaning of family as same sex parents are able to fully legitimize their children through marriage.
It’s a brave new world. I, for one, am extremely happy to be part of the solution!