Over the last few years, the family law landscape for same-sex couples has changed dramatically. Twelve states currently -- or will soon -- recognize same-sex marriage. In California, the situation is a bit more complex. Although some same-sex couples have been married already in our state, a constitutional amendment barring gay marriage in our state is currently being challenged in the Supreme Court.
As state-by-state laws regarding same-sex marriage are changing rapidly, affected couples who currently or will soon live in California should take steps to see where they stand. In addition to basic legal concerns, such as benefits and guardianship, it may be important to look at the implications for divorce that come along with marriage.