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Category Archives: Same-Sex Marriage


Why Pre and Postnuptial Agreements Are Important for Same Sex Couples

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

Same-sex partners fought long and hard to get the right to legally marry in Florida and throughout the United States, but that does not mean they do not face the same types of conflict that all couples face. During divorce proceedings, these couples can run into serious conflicts over assets and property they have… Read More »

Federal Judge Strikes Down Florida Gay Marriage Ban

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

Despite the fact that gay marriage became legal in Florida and nationwide last year, Florida government officials and legislators have been slow to accept the change in state law. More specifically, Florida Department of Health officials have refused to administer birth certificates to same-sex couples that reflect their legal marriage, and benefits have not… Read More »

Florida Legislature Looks to Modernize Birth Certificates

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

Along with the legalization of same-sex marriages has come a tremendous shift in the traditional labels that state forms and other legal documents use to designate parents and their children. In response, some state legislators are looking to modernize Florida’s birth certificates in recognition of the fact that not all families fit the traditional… Read More »

The Impact of the Supreme Court Ruling on Floridians

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

Recently, the United States Supreme Court made history when it handed down one of the most monumental decisions to ever affect the laws of domestic relations. In a 5-4 ruling, the court determined that all same sex marriage bans are unconstitutional. For decades, proponents and opponents battled over this controversial issue. Over the last… Read More »

Florida Court Rules that Same-Sex Couples May Get Divorced

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

A lesbian couple in Tampa, Florida will be allowed to divorce, according to the 2nd District Court of Appeal ruling. The order referred to another same-sex divorce case from Lee County, Florida in which the appellate court ordered in April 2015 that a divorce be granted, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The Court, in… Read More »

Same-Sex Marriage Ruling May Affect Ability to Divorce

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

On July 17, a Florida judge ruled that gay marriage is now allowed in Monroe County, siding with several same-sex couples who claimed that a voter-approved ban was discriminatory. The ruling drew national attention, arriving about two months after a less-publicized Hillsborough County decision in which a circuit county judge upheld the ban by… Read More »