Same Sex Marriage in Ohio

Published 08/13/15 by Andrew Jones

Same Sex Marriage

Same sex marriage is now legal in Ohio and all other States. The United States Supreme Court made a landmark decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges. Ohio previously had a ban on the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Same-sex couples have already been getting married in Ohio since the Supreme Court ruling came down on June 26, 2015. According to The Williams Institute’s analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 19,684 same-sex couples are living in Ohio, representing 4.3 same-sex couples per 1,000 households. Same sex couples have been waiting a long time for the right to marry in Ohio. It is an emotional and highly debated issue for many people not just the same-sex couple themselves.

Now that same sex couples may be issued a marriage license and get married it will mean that these couples will face the same issues that heterosexual couples do. Ohio’s divorce, custody, and child support laws will apply to same-sex couples as well. In divorce situations same-sex couples will deal with division of assets and debts, spousal support, and possible child related issues as well. Before the Obergefell decision Courts in Ohio had issued some same-sex custody agreements for same-sex couples. The decision now opens up the door for the step-parent to adopt the child, or for a possible parentage action to be filed as well. This will be a fluid situation and some procedural items will need to be ironed out as time goes on.

Barr, Jones & Associates LLP offers legal help to all Ohioans including same-sex couples needing assistance with divorce, custody, child support, adoption, probate, and other legal issues. Family Law Attorney in Ohio  can give you the help you needed. You may call our office for a free phone consultation at (844) BARR-JONES.