Even though Illinois has been one of the states at the forefront of allowing same-sex couples to legally marry, the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to extend the right to marry across the entire country carries with it certain ramifications that must be understood. Bearing in mind the potential changes that the ruling makes, there are certain issues that have to be considered. With a conventional divorce, there are laws in place as to how the process goes. The same will be true for same-sex divorce.
Studies have shown that the number of same-sex couples who have ended their unions - whether it was a marriage or a partnership that was not legally recognized - is similar to that of opposite sex couples. As same-sex couples marry and realize that their unions are legally recognized across the nation, it is inevitable that some of these couples will choose to end their union and divorce. Such issues as child custody can be complicated because in many instances, there is only one member of the couple who is biologically linked to the child. If both parents were granted custody, it can be a difficult issue to navigate.