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Could same-sex marriage be legalized in Georgia?

One important role that divorce serves is that it can allow married couples to split from one another with a fair division of assets. Such fair splits can help former spouses adjust financially to no longer being together. Some people may take divorce for granted, but there is a large demographic that can't take advantage of marriage laws in many states, including Georgia. However, it seems that this may not be the case forever.

Whether you are for or against it, the reality is that same-sex marriage is gaining ground in our country. Massachusetts was the first state to legalize it, and, in the following decade, 18 other states and Washington D.C. followed suit. Currently there are same-sex marriage cases being argued to some degree in every state in which such marriages are illegal. Thus, it is a possibility that same-sex marriage could be legal in every state within our lifetime.

In Georgia, there are three same-sex couples involved in a case that seeks to overturn the state’s same-sex marriage ban and require state recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other states. This suit was filed in April. If the case ends up overturning the ban, there may be a large number of Georgia same-sex couples rushing to get married.

Of course along with the ability to get married comes many other legal abilities, including the ability to get divorced. Without these legal abilities, dealing with issues like child custody, child support and property division can be rather challenging. Regardless of which way courts ultimately decide when it comes to the legality of same-sex marriage in Georgia, family law attorneys are available to assist families and couples with any legal questions they might have.

Source: National Journal, "Judge Approves Same-Sex Marriage in Wisconsin, but Places Hold, Following National Trend," Sarah Mimms and Brian McGill, June 13, 2014

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