When people hear the phrase "alimony," it is not uncommon for them to associate the term with divorced women. In fact, many people often believe that alimony is generally only given to women following divorces. However, this is simply not the case in jurisdictions like Minnesota.
Minnesota has now become the 12th state in the nation to recognize same-sex marriage. While same-sex marriage does appear to be a growing trend across the nation, even states that do allow it will not necessarily provide uniformity as to the way the marriages are conducted or recognized. And simply because a couple is allowed to marry in one particular state does not guarantee that they will also be allowed to obtain a divorce in that state.
The advice of a Minnesota family law judge provided more than a decade ago has been recently quoted in a Huffington Post article. The judge was concerned that the parents would criticize each other in the presence of the child, and that such criticism would ultimately affect the child's self-esteem.