U.S. gays married in Canada have trouble divorcing

By |2018-01-15T16:23:59-05:00October 1st, 2009|News|

by Rex Wockner

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Some U.S. gay couples who get married in Canada and then later want to divorce find themselves in a pickle, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported Sept. 25.
Forty-two U.S. states do not recognize same-sex marriage and, therefore, it is not possible for a same-sex couple to divorce in many or all of those states.
A couple could return to Canada to end the marriage, but that presents its own problem: Canadian divorce law requires that at least one of the spouses has lived in Canada for the 12 months before a divorce is granted.
The CBC said similar divorce requirements exist in U.S. states that recognize gay marriage.

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