That’s the case for Juli Yim and Lorelei Jones, who married in Massachusetts in 2009. Their divorce was finalized on Monday, setting a legal precedent for married gays seeking to dump their partners outside of the state where they were originally and blissfully wed.
According to Yim, hers and Jones’ relationship “went sour fast.” Though she’s not necessarily going to throw a gay parade over her divorce, Yim is happy that after trying for years “to take care of this,” she finally lives “in a state that allowed” her to get a divorce.
The question of divorce can proved tricky in some states, particularly the ones which require in-state residency. For exes that have moved to Texas, or wherever have you, that can be a big pain in the conjugals.
“A lot of people kind of think if they went on vacation to Iowa or Massachusetts or New York and got married and came back to their state, that when they break up they can just go their separate ways,” Yim’s lawyer, Kyle Martelon, told The Colorodoan. “It’s not like that.”
Colorado’s civil union law legally recognizes out-of-state marriages by same-sex couples, providing protections such as division of property as well as financial responsibility, parental visitation and child support for former spouses, as long as one individual has lived in Colorado for 90 days.
“Colorado treats (dissolutions) like a regular divorce, which is great, because in many ways, a civil union dissolution is just like a divorce,” Martelon said. “It incorporates the same laws.”
Now that she’s a free woman, Yim can marry her high school ladyfriend, Suzie Calvin. They plan to marry next May, probably in another state since Colorado will probably not have full marriage equality by then. One word of advice to Suzie, though: pre-nup.