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(p. 87) Same-Sex Binational Families: Risk Factors for Relationship Dissatisfaction, Conflict, and Divorce 

(p. 87) Same-Sex Binational Families: Risk Factors for Relationship Dissatisfaction, Conflict, and Divorce
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(p. 87) Same-Sex Binational Families: Risk Factors for Relationship Dissatisfaction, Conflict, and Divorce
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Daniela G. Domínguez

, Jacqueline Coppock

, and marcela polanco

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10.1093/med-psych/9780190635176.003.0006
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date: 13 November 2019

This chapter addresses challenges that can surface for some same-sex binational couples in the United States. Vulnerable to both immigration enforcement and social institutions seeking to deny the validity of their relationship, same-sex binational couples may be at increased risk for emotional hardship, relationship instability, conflict, and dissolution. The ramifications of divorce in binational relationships may include jeopardizing the residency status or lengthening the naturalization timeline; separation from children if removed from the United States; and potential removal to a country where one or both members in the partnership may be exposed to sexual prejudice. The chapter discusses the unique challenges that increase the risk of binational same-sex relationships ending in dissolution or divorce, highlighting the limited research on LGBTQ dissolution or divorce and the need for further research on clinical and legal interventions that could enhance the well-being of same-sex binational couples during and after relationship dissolution or divorce.

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