Judge: Pair married in Canada can divorce in NJ

The Associated Press
February 6, 2009
Gay couples' marriages performed outside New Jersey are recognized in the state for the purpose of divorce, according to a ruling Friday by a judge deciding whether a lesbian couple married in Canada can split. [Link]

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Dallas divorce case for same-sex couple a first for Texas

Dallas Morning News
January 23, 3009
A Dallas man has filed for divorce from his husband and longtime partner. The men married in Cambridge, Mass., in 2006 and later returned to Dallas. But on Wednesday one of the pair, citing "discord or conflict of personalities," asked a state district court in Dallas to void the union in what is believed to be the first such action in Texas. (Link)

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Divorce Petition Again Dismissed

Tulsa World
November 26, 2008
For the second time, the Tulsa County, Okla., court ruled that because the state bans marriage for gay couples, a lesbian cannot be granted her request for a divorce from her wife, who she married in Canada. [Link]

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After Gay Marriage Comes ... Gay Divorce

Edge Boston
August 21, 2008
Unlike palimony cases (like the one involving Liberace’s chauffeur and purported lover), divorce laws take into account the partner whose name isn’t on a deed or bank account. Such provisions, which account for a more reliable form of equitable distribution, are the source of Zupcofska’s observation that "one of the greatest and most important aspects of marriage is the gift of divorce law." [Link]

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Gay divorce cases complicated by differences in state, federal law

Myrtle Beach Sun News
August 10, 2008
Gay couples' divorces are bringing many new wrinkles to the field of family law, raising questions that are sure to be litigated for years. The cases are complicated because of vast differences in state and federal law. In short, federal law trumps state law and can eliminate benefits that a state might want to extend. [Link]

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Richer or poorer

Chicago Tribune
July 27, 2008
The federal government doesn't extend many standard divorce benefits to same-sex couples. Gay couples thus face financial consequences that heterosexual couples don't. The Chicago Tribune lists four of them. [Link]

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“What’s tougher to get than a same-sex marriage? A same-sex divorce”

Los Angeles Times
July 25, 2008
'They've given us no choice but to be married forever,' says a Rhode Island woman. Her state doesn't recognize gay couples' marriages, and the state where she was wed limits divorces to residents. [Link]

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Gay couples’ marriages are forever in Oklahoma

Macleans
July 16, 2008
First comes love, then comes marriage — and then, for many couples, comes divorce. Unless, that is, you're gay and you live in a state that doesn't recognize your union. Couples who find themselves in this predicament can face a terrible prospect: being unhappily married for life. [Link]

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COLUMN: Gay Divorce at Dead End in Assembly

Providence Journal
June 19, 2008
Political columnist M. Charles Bakst reports that Rhode Island is not likely to pass a bill this year that would allow gay and lesbian couples to divorce, perpetuating jurisdictional confusion in the courts over the issue. [Link]

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Judge raises constitutional issue in R.I. divorce case

The Boston Globe
June 12, 2008
A Superior Court judge has refused to hear the divorce case of a lesbian couple, but questioned whether the law that barred the women from ending their marriage unconstitutionally denied them a right enjoyed by non-gay Rhode Islanders. [Link]

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