They say marriages are made in heaven. No one knows how long their marriage will last but once reached the breaking point, the couple decides to separate. Separation means that the married couple is simply living apart. The law does not require a married couple to live together. A Legal separation is a court order that mandates the rights and duties of a couple while they are still married, but living apart. A legal separation isn’t a divorce. A benefit of a legal separation is that it is the last chance to save a marriage by revising spouses’ mistakes and coming to an agreement.
No one gets married with the expectations that their marriage will fail. Unfortunately divorces happen very often between married couples and this process can become very stressful and emotional. Also such factors like division of the property, child custody or other financial issues can make things more tense.
Today we are going to discuss one of the financial sides of the divorce, in particular spousal support. This is also called alimony or maintenance. Spousal support is referred to a monthly payment made buy one spouse to the other following a divorce, when the spouse is unable to meet his or her needs without financial assistance.
In a recent Reuters article written by Edith Honan entitled: Rhode Island lawmakers pass gay marriage bill; governor signs it, is reported that on Thursday the smallest in area of the 50 U.S. states Rhode Island became the 10th U.S. state to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples and the last of the six New England states to do so.
Governor Lincoln Chafee, an independent, signed the bill yesterday shortly after its approval. The first wedding ceremonies will be possible on August 1, when the law will take effect.
“We would not be where we are today without the Rhode Islanders who for decades have fought for tolerance and freedom over discrimination and division,” said Chafee. “I am proud to say that now, at long last, you are free to marry the person you love.”
Later the governor together with the state’s main gay rights organization, Rhode Islanders United for Marriage, celebrated their victory in the state capital Providence.