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The big 5 when looking at a same-sex divorce

There are five big things that need to be addressed during any divorce in New York, but it is especially important to take the time to look into them during a same-sex divorce. This is because many of the same-sex marriage laws are much newer, and you need to know how these laws impact your case and what rights you now have. The five main areas of focus are as follows:

-- Property division. You have to split up what you and your spouse own in a fair and equal fashion, but you may also be able to claim some things -- like family heirlooms -- for yourself.

-- Child custody. If you have a child together, the biggest part of the divorce is figuring out if one of you gets sole custody or if you're going to use joint custody and work together while raising the child.

-- Parenting time, which is also known as visitation. This is used when one parent has custody of the child but the other parent still has a right to visit and even to take the child out of the home on occasion. It's a way of making sure you're both still involved.

-- Child support. Naturally, raising a child can be expensive, so determining who needs to pay support and how much has to be paid is huge.

-- Spousal support. In some cases, the spouse who expected to be supported may be able to ask for monetary support from the other spouse. This is especially true if that person dropped out of school or quit a job to further the marriage. They expected the other person's income to be split between them both, and they may still have a right to some of that money.

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