Cohabitation agreements can benefit many North Carolina residents, whether they are part of heterosexual or same-sex couples. A cohabitation agreement can prove especially helpful for partners in same-sex couples, since they are not yet able to legally marry in North Carolina. Negotiating crucial issues in a cohabitation agreement can provide valuable protection to both partners in a relationship in the event that a breakup ever does occur.
Divorce can be a complicated prospect for same-sex couples who marry outside the state of North Carolina but then wish to legally end their marriage. This is due in part to the fact that North Carolina does not legally recognize same-sex marriage and also fails to recognize same-sex divorce. While more states across the nation are legalizing both same-sex marriage and divorce, there are still considerations to keep in mind when a couple in our state wishes to pursue such options.
Same-sex couples, like all couples, enter into a union with an expectation that their relationship will last. However, just like traditional couples, same-sex couples in North Carolina or elsewhere may have a domestic partnership that ends. For same-sex couples, the dissolution of a partnership can be more complicated than for heterosexual couples for a variety of reasons. Complications can increase when a domestic partnership ends and proper care has not been taken to outline financial interests in contractual terms.
No matter where in United States a person lives, the issue of civil rights hits close to home. Many people limit the subject of civil rights to racial issues, but its reach extends far beyond that. Same-sex marriage and divorce, gender discrimination and age discrimination are all hot-button civil rights issues.