11 Questions to Ask Before Getting a Divorce By ERIC V. COPAGE

By Bill Ferguson June 21st, 2017

Common sense suggests that asking the right questions before getting married can make for a better union, but rarely is the other side of the coin examined. That could be because, by the time the prospect of divorce surfaces, spouses may already be in a stressful frame of mind, and in no mood for a […]

I Got Gay Married. I Got Gay Divorced. I Regret Both. by Meredith Maran

By Bill Ferguson March 2nd, 2017

LOS ANGELES — In 2008, gay marriage was so new, my wife and I had a hard time finding a lawyer to help us legally join our lives together. In 2013, gay divorce was so new, I had a hard time finding a lawyer to take our marriage apart. We fell in love in the […]

Divorce: Valuing a Business during divorce by Ann Thompson

By Bill Ferguson February 14th, 2017

How do you value a spouse’s business during a divorce? In Divorce a lot of things are valued easily because there is a dollar amount associated with it. If there is a bank account that’s subject to division, you know how much is in the bank account and you equally divide it. Businesses are different, […]

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The Reason Queer Couples Don’t Get Divorced as Often as Hetero Couples by Nico Lang

By Bill Ferguson January 26th, 2017

It seemed like only a matter of time. After marriage equality was legalized by the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision last June, the LGBT community both celebrated this historic victory and quietly girded its loins for the inevitable — the wave of same-sex breakups. Just months after the verdict, states like Tennessee [3] and […]

Will Gay Divorce be different? By Kristin Bianco

By Bill Ferguson October 28th, 2016

Last years’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right for same-sex couples to marry in all 50 states paves the way for the potential dissolution of at least some of those marriages in unchartered territory of same-sex divorce. According to The Williams Institute, a national UCLA Law think tank dedicated to […]

Keeping a Business Alive During a Gay Divorce

Keeping a Business Alive During a Gay Divorce by Karen Klein

By Bill Ferguson January 28th, 2016

How do you keep your business alive during your gay divorce? You can make bad decisions under emotional stress. You might even lose the business entirely. Here are savvy tips from attorney Lisa Hughes Maneuvering a small business through rough economic seas is tough enough. But doing it amid a divorce at the same time—well, […]

As Marriage Equality Expands, the Gay Divorce Rate Is Increasing by Sandy Malone

As Marriage Equality Expands, the Gay Divorce Rate Is Increasing by Sandy Malone

By Bill Ferguson January 19th, 2016

When gay marriage was only legal in a very few places, gay divorce rates were very, very low. It made for lots of great news stories about how marriage equality would ultimately create more solid marriages nationwide, which have in recent history waivered at nearly 50 percent. Now that marriage equality has been enacted in […]

The Real Cost of Divorce –  Divorce Can Cost More Than Twenty Grand

The Real Cost of Divorce – Divorce Can Cost More Than Twenty Grand

By Bill Ferguson January 9th, 2016

Nancy Michaels was 40, a mother of three and a successful businesswoman when her husband of 16 years told her he wanted a divorce. Beyond the emotional cost that followed his announcement, Michaels eventually found herself shocked by the pricetag as well — more than $100,000 in legal, medical and moving costs. “I hadn’t planned […]

New Pitfall for Same-Sex Couples

New Pitfall for Same-Sex Couples

By Bill Ferguson October 7th, 2015

New pitfall for same-sex couples: Big wedding bills Kelli B. Grant | @kelligrant Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 12:12 PM ET With the Supreme Court’s ruling, it’s no longer gay marriage—just marriage. And that could come with bigger wedding bills for same-sex couples. “Economically speaking, couples are excited about having the opportunity to marry,” […]

New Pitfall for Same-Sex Couples

From Massachusetts, lessons on gay marriage — and divorce by Richard Wolf

By Bill Ferguson May 18th, 2015

BOSTON — Same-sex marriage is so last decade in Massachusetts. These days, the earliest pioneers in gay and lesbian matrimony are demonstrating how to raise kids, retire — even divorce. As the Supreme Court wrestles with what its chief justice last month labeled a redefinition of marriage, the couples who successfully challenged the Bay State’s […]

For some same-sex couples, gay divorce is hard to do by Richard wolf

For some same-sex couples, gay divorce is hard to do by Richard wolf

By Bill Ferguson March 19th, 2015

Allison Flood Lesh wants a divorce. She’s happy to share custody of her 17-month-old daughter. At the moment, she can’t have either wish. Her home state of Texas doesn’t consider her to be married or a mom. Her name isn’t even on the birth certificate. Those two problems “never even crossed my mind” when she […]

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With Gay Marriage on Hold, Alabama Judge OKs Gay Divorce

By Bill Ferguson March 19th, 2015

Same-sex marriage is on hold in Alabama, but the state now has lesbian divorce. A judge in Huntsville allowed two women to legally end their marriage Thursday, a year after refusing their request. Madison County Circuit Judge Karen Hall granted a divorce sought by Shrie Michelle Richmond and Kirsten Allysse Richmond, who wed in Dubuque, Iowa, in […]