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Same-sex divorce

Gareth Parker

Marriage equality is now a part of Australian law after a bill was passed in the House of Representatives on Thursday, but a family lawyer says there may be some divorces before we see same-sex marriages.

In around a month, same-sex couples will be able to be legally married in Australia but there are some couples who had got married overseas and have found themselves unable to get divorced here.
So what happens if they want to get married here in Australia if someone has already been married overseas.

“As a family lawyer, every day I have to do divorces for people who are married overseas. So the way the law works, under the family law act, as at tomorrow morning we recognise same-sex marriages that occurred in other jurisdictions, so you’d have to get divorced,” Heather McKinnon from Slater and Gordon Lawyers told 6PR Breakfast.

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