Freedom To Marry

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Divorce & Splitting Up

Relationships between gay and lesbian couples are subject to the same challenges and pressures as all relationships. Unfortunately, without the freedom to marry, divorce and splitting up for gay and lesbian couples can be a huge legal mess. Disconnect between state laws and federal laws make these hard situations even more challenging.

 

Use the key resources below to learn more about how marriage discrimination hurts couples who are going through the painful process of splitting up.

 

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    Custody/Visitation Resources from Human Rights Campaign
    The Human Rights Campaign offers state by state information on custody laws along with various other resources to help protect children and their parents as relationships break up.

View current news about divorce issues in the fight for marriage equality.

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Custody/Visitation Resources from Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign offers state by state information on custody laws along with various other resources to help protect children and their parents as relationships break up.

Protecting Families: Standard for Child Custody in Same-Sex Relationships

Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD)
April 1999
From GLAD, this publication puts vital information in the hands of families not defined solely by biology, adoption, or marriage who are at risk by a legal system that does not provide a mechanism for protecting their relationships at times of crisis. The recommendations and practical tools help parents maintain the relationships with their children at times of crisis or breakup. (pdf link)

Separation, Divorce, and Marriage Equality

Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD)
July 16, 2006
A good resource detailing the basics of divorce and separation for gay and lesbian couples. (pdf)