Married same-sex couples in California may find that the process of getting a divorce may be more complicated than that for a heterosexual couple. Although all states are required to allow same-sex marriages since the landmark Supreme Court decision in 2015, the manner in which a divorce is conducted is primarily determined on the state level, with a few exceptions. Same-sex couples may find that using mediation may be a more effective way of getting divorce than going through litigation.
When a California couple divorces, each spouse's personal finances will change. This is true even in an amicable settlement. Because of this, it's important for spouses to prepare for some financial upheaval.