Same Sex Married Couples Can File Joint Bankruptcy Petitions
On June 26, 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court issued it's landmark decision in United States v. Windsor, 570 U.S. ___ (2013), striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA is a federal law that denied federal benefits to legally married same sex couples. By declaring DOMA unconstitutional, the Supreme Court cleared the way for legally married same sex couples to enjoy the over one thousand federal benefits conferred upon married couples in the United States. One of those benefits includes a married couple's right to file a joint bankruptcy petition.
To learn more about this historic decision and it's effect on bankruptcy, see the blog post Married Same-Sex Couples Can File Joint Bankruptcy Petitions on Nolo's Bankruptcy, Debt & Foreclosure Blog.