Christopher W. Rumbold zealously and continuously advocates in the furtherance of marital and family equality for all Floridians.
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STATE OF FLORIDA
MARITAL & FAMILY EQUALITY
On June 26, 2015, in the matter of Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court ruled that the 14th amendment protected all Americans' right to marry an individual of their choice.
For Floridians, this ruling means that the State must honor any opposite-sex or same-sex couple's request for a marriage license and that it must provide full faith and credit to the marriage of any opposite-sex or same-sex couple if validly married in another state. For same-sex Floridians, this ruling leaves open the applicability, implementation and amendment of existing marital and family law (statutory), which will be within the province of the State to regulate.
For instance, Chapter 61, which addresses dissolution of marriage, was predicated upon the assumption that a couple could marry if and when they chose, a right long denied to same-sex couples. Application of the existing statutes may be inequitable when applied to same-sex couples whose relationships may be of substantially longer duration than their marriages. Accordingly, same-sex couples planning to marry or recently married may wish to consider prenuptial or postnuptial agreements designed to equitably establish their marital rights, entitlements and obligations should a future dissolution occur.
Furthermore, numerous other Chapters of the Florida Statutes raise similar questions for same-sex couples, including but not limited to, Chapters 39, 63, 382, 732, 741 and 742.
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