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As Same-Sex Marriage Is Legalized in Minnesota, Are Divorces Far Behind?

Minnesota same-sex couples celebrated on August 1 when same-sex marriage became legal. However, one couple was the first same-sex couple in line to get divorced. Dawn Tuckner and her spouse married in Canada in 2004 and separated in 2009. They could not divorce in Minnesota because the state did not recognize their marriage. Canada's one-year residency requirement excluded them from divorcing there. Therefore, the couple has been in legal limbo for the last four years. While it is unlikely that the courts will treat the Minnesota same-sex couple any differently from heterosexual couples, there is no case law to guide the courts through legal grey areas. However, insights are available from states where same-sex divorce already exists.

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