Will Gay Marriage?

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  1. Bodaddio

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    Do you think gay marriage will cause states to take a look at their alimony and child support laws? Right now only 6 states have laws that limit the amount of time one has to pay alimony. Florida for example is a lifetime alimony state and it can also be unmodifiable. Would allowing gays to marry force states to change these laws also, once the inevitable divorces start to happen between same sex couples?
    Would having two mothers who have a child force states to rethink unfair child support laws?
    Would gay couples getting a divorce put a spotlight on the flagrant misuse of power by the state family courts? Or will gay marriage just be a huge money maker for the states and lawyer community as hetero marriage and divorce is?

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    cha-ching!
     
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    Nick4444 is 8 months behind on his alimony payments to me and there are warrants out on him in 3 states and more than 26 counties. But he's wiley and I'm not holding out much hope. *sigh*
     
  4. Bodaddio

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    Nick4444 just remember Florida does not extradite.
     
  5. ericbythebay

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    Sexist laws are sexist laws, if they haven't changed by now, why would they start once a miniscule number of same-sex divorces happen?


    I've wondered why some creative divorce lawyer hasn't argued that alimony is unconstitutional in some of these states that have constitutional amendments against same-sex marriage and "marriage like" benefits. Alimony is a marriage like benefit.
     
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    no...why would gay marriage make any difference on how the states enact their laws now or down the road?
     
  7. Bodaddio

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    Ericbythebay, how do you know it will be a minuscule amount of divorces? Until they start happening we won't know for sure.
    And yes they are sexist laws, but what becomes of the sexists laws when two of the same sexes are battling it out? Would it take having gay divorces to finally open people eyes towards the bias in the family court system?

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  8. Zeuhl34

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    I have no idea what the proportion of gays getting divorced is/will be, but just due to the fact that homosexuals are, at most, ~10% of the population, the number of gay divorces will, on an absolute scale, be fairly small (unless every gay man and woman gets divorced like 6 times in their lifetimes).
     
  9. ericbythebay

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    Until they start happening? We've had SSM in this country for over five years.

    Just looking in the U.S., how many same-sex divorces have happened in Massachusetts?

    Even if the SSM divorce rate was 100%, the number would still not be significant compared to opposite sex divorces.

    Besides, sexist people hate gays more, so why would it open their eyes to inequalities in the law?
     
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