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Discussions to have with your same-sex partner prior to marriage

If you are preparing to take a walk down the aisle in Indianapolis, you will want to make sure you have all your ducks in a row. Same-sex marriage has been recognized in Indiana since October of 2014. Same-sex couples should sit down and have a handful of different discussions with their soon-to-be spouses before they recite their vows.

Even though you are on cloud nine right now, you need to think about divorce. No soon-to-be married couple wants to think of divorce but it's a must, especially for same-sex couples. Getting married in Indiana is one thing. You might have trouble filing for a divorce in a state that does not recognize same-sex marriage. Just keep this in the back of your head.

Adoption is another topic the two of you must discuss prior to saying your vows. Again, adoption might not be an issue once married in Indiana. But, it could be a problem if you try to adopt in a state that does not recognize same-sex marriage.

A discussion about debt must happen prior to getting married and this isn't just for same-sex couples. Debt is a tricky subject for many people. Figure out who has debt, how much of it and how it is going to be handled moving forward.

Another difficult topic to discuss is the creation of a prenuptial agreement. Speak openly and honestly with your partner to find out if this is a good option for the two of you. It doesn't hurt to simply have the discussion.

Are you planning a wedding in Hamilton County? Not sure about your rights as a same-sex couple? An experienced family law attorney in Indianapolis can make it easier to understand your rights and the steps to take in order to get married.

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