As Florida does not currently recognize same-sex marriages, some judges have interpreted the state’s ban as precluding them from granting same-sex divorces. I am involved in a case in which two women married in Massachusetts, moved to Florida, and separated. They utilized the interdisciplinary collaborative process to come to a full settlement agreement and filed a petition for dissolution of marriage in Tampa. The judge ultimately denied their petition, determining that she did not have jurisdiction to dissolve that which the state does not recognize.
And we appealed. This has become the first divorce matter in Florida to challenge Article I, Section 27 of the Florida Constitution banning recognition of same-sex marriage.
In the meantime, the gay marriage ban is still in effect. So is there anything that same-sex spouses can do to legally end their marriage in Florida?