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Website set up for 'first wave' of gay divorces

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A screengrab from Divorce-Gay tells users to "choose your lawyer"
14:43 CET+01:00
Gay marriage is not yet legal in France, but that detail has not stopped a pair of enterprising businessmen from preparing for the "inevitable first wave" of failed unions.

Just a day after the National Assembly began its marathon two-week debate on the bill to legalize gay marriage, two internet entrepreneurs began preparing for the next 'difficult' step - gay divorce.

A good six months before the law is expected to come into force, Simon Faucher and Stéphane Cola launched their site www.divorce-gay.fr.

The website features an inventory of French lawyers chosen for their particular ability to cater to gay men and lesbians seeking advice about divorce. In a statement, the creators of the new gay-friendly directory explained the rationale behind the move.

"As gays and lesbians gain new rights and freedoms, this also creates new complications and difficulties – legal, financial, and to do with inheritance – that up to now only heterosexuals experienced."

As a result, 'Divorce-Gay' guarantees users a respectful welcome from the listed lawyers, who “can answer your questions without hassle or prejudice.”

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As well as divorce, the site also offers legal help on issues like adoption, assisted reproductive technology, and discrimination.

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