Obergfell v. Hodges

Does Obergfell v. Hodges ring a bell? If not, then you might be living under a rock that past few months. On June 26, 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. Before the ruling married same-sex couples who moved to states that didn’t recognize marriage equality were generally barred from getting a divorce in those states. While they were legally able to get divorced in the state where the marriage was performed, states typically require a certain period of residency before a divorce will be granted. This created problems for couples who had destination weddings and then returned to states that didn’t recognize same-sex marriage.


Okay, so now that we briefly caught you up to speed, let’s talk a little bit about what that mean in the state of Arizona. More than one thousand or so Arizona statutes contain language defining marriage as between a man and a women. The Arizona State Legislature has yet to introduce a single bill designed to remedy the legal obstacles. According to Pundits, it could be years before Arizona law catches up with federal law on same-sex marriage. Even state judges who are highly sensitive to the new law are tied because they must interpret the law as it is currently written. The good news, however if one can call it that, is that there are several family law firms in Arizona that are currently counseling clients through same-sex divorce during this historic time in our country, and Davis Faas Blase is at the edge of that pursuit.


For more information on how Davis Faas Blase, Scottsdale’s Premier Family Law Firm, can answer any questions you may have please call us at 602 279 1900.