Colorado finalizes precedent-setting civil union dissolution

Published: Tuesday, July 30 2013 12:35 p.m. MDT

FILE - The July 16, 2011 file photo shows two homosexual men holding hands during Christopher Street Day in Weimar, eastern Germany. Germany’s highest court ruled Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 that strengthens gay couples’ adoption rights.Germany has allowed same-sex couples to register civil partnerships that legally fall short of formal marriage since 2001. Until now, it allowed people to adopt a same-sex partner’s biological child _ but not that partner’s adopted child or stepchild.

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A part of Colorado's new civil union law that allows gay couples married in other states to dissolve their marriages was upheld Monday, allowing other same-sex couples to divorce in a state where they can't legally get married.

Patrick Malone of the Coloradoan reports that Colorado's law allows gay couples to receive some of the same rights as straight couples, including legal protection of division of property, parental visitation and child support payments.

“In a way, it’s not necessarily a great thing to be celebrating,” Juli Yim told the Coloradoan. Yim's divorce is the first same-sex divorce to be recognized in Colorado. “By the same token, I have been trying for years to take care of this but have not had an opportunity to live in a state that allowed that.”

A district judge in El Paso County, Colo., issued a decree Monday finalizing the dissolution for Yim and her former wife, Lorelei Jones. The two were married in Massachusetts in 2009.

The new law is a step forward for gay couples wanting to separate who don't live in the states in which they wed.

The only requirement is that at least one person has to live in Colorado for at least 90 days before seeking to legally separate.

Read more about the same-sex marriage ruling on the Coloradoan.

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