Same Sex Couples Can File Joint Bankruptcy

As most everyone knows, last year the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act’s prohibition of marriage for same sex couples in United States v. Windsor.  That decision brings a host of federal benefits for married same sex couples.  One such benefit is a married same sex couple can now file a joint bankruptcy petition just like any other married couple.  The cost savings can be significant.  Previously, if a same sex couple was forced to file separately, each person would have to pay at a minimum a separate filing fee and probably a separate attorney’s fee as two separate cases would be filed.  Additional efficiencies in terms of time and case administration can also be had.

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