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Divorce Lawyers See Opportunity in New York’s Gay Marriage Law

Posted Jun 27, 2011 7:37 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Divorce lawyers are expecting an increase in clients due to New York’s new law allowing gay marriages.

Lawyers are expecting a “bonanza” from gay divorce following passage of the law, the New York Post reports. Officials predict that about 21,000 gay and lesbian couples will marry in New York in the next three years. Based on the state’s current divorce rate, about 1,800 of those marriages will fail, the story says.

Courts in the state already allow gay divorces there because the state recognizes gay marriages performed elsewhere, the Post says.

Family law attorneys are also expecting a rush of gays seeking prenuptial agreements, the New York Times City Room blog reports.

New York is the sixth and largest state to legalize gay marriage, the New York Times reports. Twenty-nine states have constitutional bans on same-sex marriage, and 12 others have laws barring such marriages.

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