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Same-Sex Marriage Immigration Implications
Alabama was the latest state to permit same sex marriage in the United States. Shortly, every state in the Union will permit same sex marriage. Now, gay couples will have the same rights and responsibilities heterosexual couples have enjoyed.
These same rights and responsibilities include a spouse’s ability to sponsor a spouse to become a lawful permanent resident and to include the spouse’s children, if applicable.
In the case of a same sex couple who are not yet married but engaged, the United States Citizen spouse is able to file for a fiance visa to bring the fiance to the United States, get married and then apply for the spouse’s lawful permanent residence.
Any of the family based immigration visas are now available to same sex couples. Further, employment based visas that permit the inclusion of the spouse and children are also available to same sex couples. Thus businesses as well as families are effected and can reap the benefits of the legalization of same sex marriage in the United States.
A couple can come to their own agreement about property settlement, which the court will generally accept. The Pennsylvania court will decide if either spouse is entitled to alimony, based on age, physical and mental condition, earning potential, duration of the marriage and standard of living. The court decides the duration of alimony, but support ends automatically if the one receiving it remarries or cohabits.
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