The approval of civil unions in
When I heard the news, one question it raised was how these now-legal unions can be legally dissolved. Do you just cancel the union like a contract? Or go to court and file for divorce? Apparently it's the latter.
It's no secret that
If you read the civil union law, it doesn't even bother to spell out the rules and requirements for dissolving of civil unions; it simply points to the existing law on dissolving a marriage and says that it now applies to civil unions, as well.
So as long as you have been an
Also, the Dissolution of Marriage Act says that no dissolution can be approved until court has considered child custody, support, spousal maintenance and property division. The new law says this rule applies to civil unions, as well.
So it looks like divorce court will take on civil unions in the same way it handles marriages. Although divorce court isn't the best place on earth (far from it), it provides structure for ending a relationship and has benefits like dividing joint property and looking out for the best interests of any children from the relationship. It's an important tool, and one that will be available for
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