Mediation for Same Sex Couples
In Massachusetts, same-sex couples have full marriage rights. This has created a great benefit, one of which is that the rules of divorce and inheritance now apply to same-sex couples. However, some rights granted under federal law are not available to same-sex couples. Understanding these differences is important when addressing the needs of same-sex couples.
Some same-sex couples choose to not marry, just as some opposite-sex couples. Mediation is an optimal way to address ongoing relationship agreements as well as termination of marriage / dissolution of relationship issues between same-sex couples who decide to break up.
When same-sex couples break up in states that do not permit marriage to them, the problems are magnified. No clear rules apply, and litigation can be complex and costly. Family mediation is a wonderful opportunity for these couples to address their issues and come to rational and fair decisions.
Throughout the mediation process, many issues may be discussed including: