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Same-sex marriage ruling offers protections for many employees

Last month in a landmark ruling, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality for same-sex couples throughout the country. While the LGBT community has undoubtedly embraced this, it does mean that newly married same-sex couples should understand how this not only provides rights regarding marriage laws but also provides rights and protection in other areas as well, such as employment and divorce. Our law firm is very knowledgeable on this topic and understands the importance of navigating such issues.

According to a poll by Wells Fargo, 71 percent of same-sex couples do not know how the laws will affect marriage in his or her state. This could be because 13 states had banned same-sex marriage prior to the Supreme Court decision. Furthermore, up to two thirds of same-sex couples do not understand how the monetary benefits they now have can benefit them.

In addition to new tax benefits, many same-sex couples are now covered under their spouse's health insurance. Since some states did not recognize same-sex marriages before the ruling, laws may vary between states when it comes to marital property division in the event of a divorce. Questions may also arise regarding state inheritance and estate taxes that previously were not applicable to same sex couples.

With the new Supreme Court ruling, it is important for all same-sex couples, whether married or soon to be married, learn the laws and how they could affect the marriage. Additionally, it is also imperative that the possibility of divorce be considered, allowing couples to take action to protect themselves in case of this event..

In the upcoming months, there may be confusion among couples regarding their newly obtained rights. Law professionals familiar with family law may be able to help you along the way, whether it is a prenuptial agreement prior to a marriage, or child custody, child support or property protection in the event of a same-sex couple divorce. To learn more, check out our marital property website. This could provide general information regarding property division and property protection.

Source: By Tom Anderson, CNBC News, "State laws complicate married same-sex couples' finances," Accessed July 20, 2015.

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