Now that same-sex marriage has been legal in New York State for several years, many same-sex couples have experienced the same family law issues other couples have: prenuptial agreements, separation, divorce, property division and custody of children, just to name a few. In addition to these issues, sometimes a person and their same-sex partner will move to a different state and encounter different laws. This can complicate any legal issues that may arise in the event the couple decides to divorce.
While gay marriage is now legal in 36 states, the United States may be inching closer to nationwide legality of same-sex marriage. Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will review several cases on the subject. The cases in question involve gay marriage bans in four states. The cases are set to be argued this spring, with decisions expected around the end of June. One of the possible outcomes is a decision that same-sex marriage is a national right.