Same-sex couples may encounter additional and unique difficulties during divorce. Same-sex marriage was legalized in 2015 and before that some states allowed for domestic partnerships. In such cases, it may be necessary to dissolve the domestic partnership in addition to the legal marriage. If a couple lived monogamously prior to the legal marriage, there is a question as to whether that period will be considered for alimony determination. Finally, the parental rights to children must be determined. Same-sex couples may be best served by alternate means of marriage dissolution, i.e. mediation and collaboration, and the help of a divorce financial specialist. For further information, read this article.