Same-sex couples in Texas might be interested to hear that, although the federal government has made it so that same-sex couples can have the same access to federal benefits that heterosexual couples do, those benefits come with hidden costs. States have their own individual views concerning same-sex couples and some still do not recognize same-sex couples, even if they were married in other states.
The Internal Revenue Service is allowing married same-sex couples to have the same benefits as heterosexual married purposes for tax purposes However, some federal policies look to whether marriages are considered valid in residents’ states to determine eligibility. Then others look to whether they are valid in the states where the marriages were performed. Therefore, for many federal laws, it is unclear which approach will be used for same-sex couples.
Another problem that same-sex couples may face is having to travel to another state to be married, which can be quite costly. Plus, they might not be able to have their friends and family present to celebrate their marriage with them if they have to travel. Moreover, even after they get married, they might find out that they don’t work well together, like many married couples do. They might experience trouble obtaining a divorce if the state that they live in won’t even recognize their marriage. Moreover, even the state where they got married might not grant them a divorce unless they are residents of that state.
A divorce attorney might be able to assist married same-sex couples who want to get a divorce learn the appropriate measures that they need to take in order to secure it. The attorney might also be able to help them negotiate divorce issues such as child custody and division of property.
Source: Huffington Post, “Hidden costs of federal marriage benefits to same-sex couples“, Deborah Widiss, September 05, 2013