Marriage is different today. Sweeping laws in over 30 states, Oklahoma included, that now allow same sex marriage mean more couples than ever before can get married. It also means more couples than ever before can also split up and get divorced. As with any marriage, problems and disagreements can arise. When this happens, divorce can give a couple a clearer path than they might otherwise have.
What Should You Do?
The Tulsa family law firm of Fry & Elder recognizes the right for same sex couples to get both married and divorced. Divorce laws were created to ensure a fair split of all assets of the union, including allowances for the emotional support of a non-working partner, but not all divorces are created equal – least of all courtroom battles – which is why it would be in your best interest to retain a skilled and battle-tested Tulsa Divorce Lawyer.
Unlike opposite-sex marriage, same sex marriage laws are complicated because federal and state laws often differ. Furthermore, some states allow same-sex couples to get married even if they are not residents. This can make getting a same sex divorce in Oklahoma tricky because other states might have residency requirements to get divorced. Essentially, you can’t get a divorce in a state that does not recognize marriage, and you also can’t get divorced in a state where you are not a resident.
Because same-sex marriage laws still are in its infancy, most of the data in regards to same-sex divorce rates is not very developed. Same-sex marriage in Oklahoma has only been legal since October of this year. That said, data suggests that divorce rate among same-sex couples will rise toward the rate of heterosexuals.
Experience the Fry & Elder Difference
Whether you are going through a divorce, child custody issue or both, the Tulsa family law firm of Fry & Elder has the experience and skill in place to help you get through the process. The firm was named to the U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Law Firms for 2015. Additionally, Robert G “Hap” Fry Jr. further validated himself as one of the premier Tulsa Divorce Lawyers when he was honored as Lawyer of the Year for Family Law in Tulsa 2016 by Best Lawyers®. Fellow Fry & Elder attorneys M. Shane Henry, T. Luke Barteaux and Aaron D. Bundy have each received SuperLawyers® Rising Stars™ accolades. Contact Fry & Elder today to set up a personal consultation with a skilled and experienced attorney from an elite Tulsa family law firm.