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Questions remain after Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling

It has been all over the news that the Supreme Court of the United States overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, the law that prevented the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. While this provides same-sex couples across the country with some positive news, it also raises some questions for Arkansas families, the biggest is what kind of recognition will they receive.

Same-sex couples may have more complex divorces

Although same-sex marriage is not yet legal in Arkansas, there are still a considerable number of people throughout the state who are in same-sex relationships. And, just like families with opposite-sex partners, same-sex couples may have family law issues that require the support of an experienced family law attorney.

How will the Supreme Court affect same-sex relationships?

Anyone in a same-sex partnership in Little Rock is likely aware that the Supreme Court of the United States is set to hear a case challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act this month. While same-sex marriage is not yet legal in Arkansas, if the court chooses to overturn the law it could have wide-reaching effects on same-sex couples in Arkansas.

Study: legal recognition of same-sex couples good for mental health

Currently, Arkansas does not have any legal recognition of same-sex relationships. This is not to say that the state government won't, at some point, extend the same rights and protections to same-sex couples that different-sex couples hold, but it is uncertain when that will be. Unfortunately, a new study has been released that legal recognition and, specifically marriage, makes same-sex couples happier.

Arkansas likely losing money by denying same-sex marriage

Anyone in a same-sex relationship in Arkansas knows that the state has a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. For many people, this is a civil rights issue that denies them important rights and recognition for their families, but it is also an economic issue. As Arkansas's economy continues to struggle, the money it could be earning through same-sex marriages makes this just as much a financial matter as it does a civil rights issue.

Surrogacy Case Highlights Risks for Non-Traditional Arkansas Families

Increasingly, people in Arkansas are using non-traditional methods of starting families. As science progresses, sperm donation, in-vitro fertilization and surrogacy are becoming more popular options. However, it is important to remember that many of these options lie in a legal grey area. As such, it is important for parents to take steps to protect their rights as early as possible, ideally before the child is conceived.

Second Parent Adoptions for Nonbiological Same-Sex Parents

When a same-sex couple has children together, the parents unfortunately do not enjoy all the same rights that heterosexual couples do. Although nothing prevents the couple from acting as joint parents while they are in a relationship, many same-sex couples run into trouble if they later decide to break up. Since the law is not set up to protect same-sex families, usually only one parent has a legal relationship - either biological or adoptive - with the child.

Arkansas Same-Sex Couples Face Unfair Tax Consequences in Divorce

In Arkansas, as in many other states, same-sex couples are not allowed to get married. As a result, they are denied many of the rights and benefits that are afforded to opposite-sex couples. Same-sex couples face significant hurdles when it comes to adoption, child custody, inheritance, taxes and many other areas that opposite-sex couples often take for granted.

Can Same-Sex Couples 'Divorce' in Arkansas?

In Arkansas, as in many other states, same-sex couples cannot legally marry. However, the fact that they can't get married doesn't stop them from creating a life as if they were married. Many Arkansas same-sex couples share a home, financial accounts and even businesses together. Some couples choose to have one partner stay home to raise children while the other goes off to work.

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