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Same-sex marriages replacing other cohabitation arrangements

A year after same-sex marriage was declared legal across the nation, it is safe to say that many couples have embraced the opportunity to tie the knot. Results of a Gallup poll reveal that around 123,000 same-sex marriages have occurred since the landmark Supreme Court decision. The total number of same-sex marriages jumped from approximately 368,000 last year to roughly 491,000 at present.

Prior to the nationwide legal change, 13 states prohibited marriage between individuals of the same sex. Many couples who lived in theses states opted for other arrangements, such as domestic partnerships or civil unions. According to information culled from tracking interviews, 49 percent of cohabiting same-sex couples are now married, which is an 11 percent increase from a year ago.

In a world that is currently abounding with change, perhaps the most profound alteration of the social landscape involved the granting of marriage rights to same-sex couples. The move was heralded as a great leap forward in the area of civil rights.

While social change is important, marriage is, and always will be, an intimate connection that exists between two people. However, human relationships are seldom static and sometimes a couple may discover that it is best to part ways.

Because marriage is a binding contract, there are legal steps that must be taken for its dissolution. Many issues, such as property division, child custody, and child support must be settled before a divorce can be finalized. If you are preparing to extricate yourself from a marriage, it is very important to find an attorney who offers same-sex divorce services. Such an attorney is well suited to help you move on to the next chapter of your life.

Source: KSL.com, "Gallup: 123,000 same-sex marriages since high court ruling," June 27, 2016

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