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3 questions and answers about same-sex adoption

As same-sex marriage becomes more widely recognized, many couples in the United States are interested in adopting in order to expand their families. The adoption process can be difficult for any couple, so it is very important for all those who are interested to understand as much as possible about that process. To that end, here are three common questions and answers.

Same-sex divorcees face additional hurdles when dividing assets

Same-sex couples have enjoyed the same right to marriage as opposite-sex couples in Indiana for years now. While that brings with it a lot of freedom, it also leads to same-sex divorce cases. In some situations, these couples could face hurdles that other couples would not.

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.

Thousands of workers in Indiana vulnerable to discrimination

A report from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law claims that roughly 133,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers in the state of Indiana are at risk for employment discrimination due to their gender identity or sexual orientation. The report said that just 36 percent of the workforce in Indiana is protected by the state's executive orders or nondiscrimination laws.

An overview of same-sex adoption in Indiana

Same-sex couples are legally permitted to adopt in the state of Indiana. This method, for some, is the only way couples can start a family. This is especially true if they cannot afford a surrogate or in-vitro fertilization. Here is a brief overview about same-sex adoption in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Same Sex Marriage & Divorce

After many years of protests and exhaustive political efforts, same sex couples have finally achieved the right to be married in most states in the United States. This means that they also have increased rights when it comes to wills and estates, adoption and family planning, and benefits. It also means that for the first time, same sex couples are confronted with the struggles of divorce.

Guidelines for Marriage Dissolution for Same-Sex Partners

Getting married to the right partner is widely considered to be an impressive feat by most couples across the U.S. By living side by side, you envision spending cherished moments in a predetermined location and possibly with a few children to complete the family. However, not all nuptials get to experience the happily ever after, especially when differences rock the marriage. In the absence of an amicable solution, getting divorced becomes the most logical course of action after a dismal marriage. Just like heterosexual couples, same-sex partners also need to comply with a similar dissolution criterion enshrined within Indiana law.

Dissolution of marriage for same-sex couples

With same-sex marriages formally recognized in Indiana, all couples considering divorce must meet the criterion for dissolution of marriage as set out by the Indiana Rules of Court. Divorce is one of the most difficult relationship transitions any couple will go through and every situation is different with unique circumstances involved in their particular relationship. However, whether you are in a same sex partnership or a heterosexual relationship, you will need to make many emotionally charged decisions.

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.

An attorney can help with your adoption

Starting a family is exciting, whether it is opposite-sex partners or same-sex partners. Depending on how a couple decides to go about this, the process can be time-consuming, but a rewarding one as well. This is often the case when it comes to adoption.