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May 7, 2015

A meeting of the bishops of the Catholic Church in Germany has voted to relax its guidelines for employees of the church, meaning those who divorce or remarry or are living with a same-sex partner will no longer automatically risk being fired

The Catholic Church in Germany has decided to relax its requirement that its employees live publicly in line with the church’s teachings on all issues.

Previously if someone working for a Catholic organization in Germany was discovered to have divorced or remarried or begun a relationship with a person of the same sex they would be fired.

However the Catholic bishops of Germany approved more liberal guidelines during a meeting in Wurzburg on 27 April by more than a two-thirds majority of those present.

April 30, 2015

‘You could say that we are marrying for love rather than anything else,’ says Neil Graham, a Director of a London-based law firm

Mario I met two and a half years ago in a bar in Bratislava. I had a blind date with his flat mate who couldn’t speak any English so he brought Mario along to translate.

In October, three years to the day since we met, we will be marrying each other in our local Town Hall in London.

Following the enactment in England and Wales of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act in March 2014, we have decided, like many same sex couples, to formalize our commitment to each other by getting married.

April 17, 2015

There are an estimated 16 million 'homowives' in the country

More than 90% of Chinese women married to gay men suffer domestic abuse but only 30% leave their husbands, a new survey has found.

'Tongqi,' or 'homowives,' are a widespread phenomenon in China. Leading sexologist Lin Yinhe estimates that there are 20 million gay men in the country, 80% of whom marry women.

Researchers at Harbin University of Technology, with support from the ministry of education, interviewed 173 such women over three years. Three quarters of whom were under the age of 35.

February 28, 2015

The former couple has been living apart since November

Rosie O'Donnell and Michelle Rounds are making their separation, made public just three weeks ago, a permanent one.

O'Donnell filed for divorce on Friday in Manhattan State Supreme Court from her wife of less than three years. She cited 'an irretrievably broken relationship' as the grounds.

The couple, who have a two year old daughter, have a prenuptial agreement, according to People.com.

February 3, 2015

Richard Perrins is a solicitor at leading specialist fertility and family law firm Natalie Gamble Associates. Here he explores what happens when same-sex couples break up and decide to divorce or dissolve their partnership

Same sex marriage is now legal in England and Wales, which is cause for much celebration.

However, sadly and inevitably not all relationships will survive and understanding the process to end the legal relationship will be important.

Here is a basic guide, for those living in England and Wales, to the process for divorce and the dissolution of civil partnerships: the process is virtually identical save for a few exceptions identified below.

What is divorce/dissolution?

December 18, 2014

'For the first time in a divorce case, a judge has ruled that the state laws banning same-sex marriage and the recognition of those marriages is void and unenforceable...'

While Florida fights against marriage equality, one lesbian couple is able to have their marriage recognized so they could be divorced. At least for now.

Today, 17 December, Broward County Circuit Judge Dale Cohen granted a divorce between Heather Brassner and Megan Lade.

December 4, 2014

He now says that he is likely to change his judgment, which would leave the women married to one another again

A judge in Athens, Ohio, approved a couple’s divorce last week… only realizing afterwards that the couple were both women.

Currently, Ohio has a ban on same-sex marriage. This ruling becomes the state’s first same-sex divorce.

November 23, 2014

'People get divorced. It's a part of life. We don't want it to happen, but it happens'

As it becomes easier for LGBTI couples in the US to marry, one final hurdle remains: the freedom to divorce.

Today, 23 November, National Public Radio did a report on Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham. In 2008, she and her then partner traveled from their Mississippi home to get married in California (when it was legal).

November 13, 2014

Julie Eldredge has been cut off from the two children after break-up

A woman who lost access to the two children she had been raising with her ex-partner after a bitter split will get her day in court.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday (12 November) that Julie Eldredge is entitled to a hearing on her claim for parental rights and what is in the best interest of the children.

October 29, 2014

Ex-wife Lara Embry gets lump sum of $1.2 million, half of Glee and other TV royalties and more

Jane Lynch is now officially divorced from Dr. Lara Embry and it was a costly split for the two-time Emmy winner.

Embry will receive a lump sum of $1.2 million, spaced over over a 2-year period, half of several bank and trust accounts, totaling $847,485, half of a 401K totaling $315,079 and half of all royalties from Lynch's TV appearances, including Glee, according to legal documements obtained by TMZ.

October 16, 2014

New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania have introduced bills to repeal laws forcing married transgender people to divorce before their new gender is recognized

Three Australian states today introduced bills to scrap laws that require married transgender people to divorce before their new gender is recognized.

Legislation was introduced in New South Wales by Greens legislative council member Mehreen Faruqi and Independent legislative assembly member Alex Greenwich, in South Australia by Greens legislative council member Tammy Franks, and by Greens house of assembly member Nick McKim in Tasmania.

September 25, 2014

Richard Perrins is part of the team of specialists at fertility and family law firm Natalie Gamble Associates. He explores the relative pros and cons of entering into a prenuptial agreement prior to a marriage or a civil partnership in England and Wales

When contemplating entering into a marriage or civil partnership the thought of entering into a pre-nuptial agreement is perhaps not the most romantic item on a couple’s list of things to do.

However, such agreements are not uncommon and can be incredibly useful documents.

Traditionally, in England and Wales, prenuptial agreements have long since been deemed as not legally binding and therefore generally not used as result. This has much to do with how family law is dealt with in the context of any disputes that may arise in any divorce or dissolution case.

September 13, 2014

Morelli was married to fellow television writer Steve Basilone for two years

Lauren Morelli, one of the head writers for the popular drama Orange is the New Black, is leaving her husband because she's a lesbian.

August 16, 2014

A panel of three judges in Arizona overturned a previous ruling, which claimed Beatie was in a 'same-sex union'

A trans man seeking a divorce from his wife in Arizona has been allowed to continue divorce proceedings after a panel of judges overturned a previous ruling claiming the marriage wasn't recognised.

 

August 13, 2014

Court records have emerged that may reveal why one Texan went from social conservative lobbyist to homophobic nutter

Ever wonder why some politicians seem to blame LGBT people for everything from natural disasters to Game of Thrones?

Well, court records have emerged that may reveal why one Texan went from social conservative lobbyist to homophobic nutter.

July 17, 2014

European Court of Human Rights: Countries without gay marriage laws are not obligated to marry same-sex couples if one of the partners is transgender

Married trans people living in countries without same-sex marriage must divorce if they want their true gender recognized, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.

Heli Hämäläinen, a Finnish trans woman, lost her case yesterday (16 July). She was told she can only have her female gender recognized if she divorces her wife.

The ECHR ruled there is no obligation on states without gay marriage laws to marry two people of the same gender if one of the partners is transgender.

May 6, 2014

Dena and Samantha Latimer have become the first same-sex couple to legally divorce in Missouri in a landmark ruling despite that state’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriages

A Boone County Missouri court has allowed lesbians Dena and Samantha Latimer to end their marriage in a legal first for the state.

The Latimers were married in Massachusetts in 2009 but the relationship broke down so they sought to divorce in their home state of Missouri.

Missourians voted overwhelmingly in favor of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in 2004 which prohibits legal recognition of marriages between people of the same-sex in the state.

April 24, 2014

Ruling echoes that of federal judge who declared gay marriage ban unconstitutional earlier this year

As many same-sex couples in Texas are waiting for the right to get married, a lesbian couple has just won the right to get divorced.

A state judge ruled this week that former couple Allison Leona Flood Lesh and Kristi Lyn Lesh can proceed with a divorce and child custody case. They were married in Washington, D.C., in August 2010 and live in San Antonio.

The women have a one-year-old child that Kristi Lesh gave birth to after becoming pregnant through artificial insemination. She wants sole custody while Allison Flood Lesh is seeking to split custody.

April 17, 2014

In new allegation, Victor Voronov blames it all on Weir's 'meddling' mother

A day after TMZ reported a reconciliation between Johnny Weir and Victor Voronov, the figure skater's estranged husband is saying they are still split up.

'The divorce is 100 percent still happening,' Voronov tells US Weekly.

Then he adds an allegation that had not previously been hurled: 'Johnny's meddling mother was definitely the source of the breakdown of our marriage.'

March 1, 2014

State laws currently require transgender people to divorce their spouse before updated birth certificate can be issued

Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich and NSW Greens spokeswoman Mehreen Faruqi are expected to introduce a private member's bill to the New South Wales Parliament on Tuesday so that transgender people can have their gender changed on their birth certificates without them having to divorce their spouses.

February 17, 2014

Just over 1 percent of same-sex civil unions have been dissolved in the six years that they have been available to gay couples in the Australian Capital Territory

Only 1.1% of same-sex couples in civil unions in the Australian Capital Territory have divorced in the past 6 years – a far lower figure than the number of heterosexual divorces.

Only 9 same-sex couples have sought to have their civil unions annulled since civil unions became available to them in the territory in May of 2008.

In that time there have been 799 civil unions and 8,711 heterosexual marriages recognized in the Australian Capital Territory.

January 8, 2014

Lara Embry to get less in spousal support than what she was asking for

Jane Lynch and former wife Lara Embry have settled their divorce and it won't be making as big a dent in the Glee star's pocket book as it could have.

Embry will be getting far less than the nearly $94,000 in monthly spousal support she had requested in order to keep living in the lifestyle to which she has become accustomed, according to TMZ.com.

The exact figure Embry will be getting was not disclosed.

January 3, 2014

A lesbian couple filing for divorce highlights the need for comprehensive changes in all states’ official proceedings once they legalize gay marriage

Two weeks after Hawaii legalized gay marriage, a lesbian couple filed for divorce.

Divorce attorney Gavin Doi told KHON 2 local news he received a call last month from a lesbian couple who wished to end their partnership.

The couple lives in Hawaii but married on the mainland in 2012.

December 10, 2013

A Tel Aviv Family Court has ended the same-sex marriage of two Israelis for only the second time in the country’s history – though it stopped short of recognizing that the marriage had existed

Tel Aviv Family Court Judge Naftali Shilo annulled a same-sex couple’s overeas marriage on Monday – the second time a same-sex married couple have been allowed to divorce in Israel - though he avoided setting a precedent.

Shilo declared the unnamed couple divorced but did so in such a way as to avoid recognizing them as being any way married in Israel.