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A Cohabitation Agreement – It Just Makes Sense

Posted in: Civil Unions & Domestic Partnerships, Premarital & Cohabitation Agreements, Property Division

More and more couples are choosing to live together, but are choosing not to get married. Whether they do so for religious, ethical, moral or legal reasons, their rights can be affected by their decision not to marry. The Marriage ...

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Same-sex Divorce Is a Bumpy Road

Posted in: Civil Unions & Domestic Partnerships, Divorce

The Divorce Process For same-sex divorcing couples, the process required to initiate and complete the divorce is, technically speaking, the same as it is for heterosexual couples. But, in practice, there are significant differences.Though the specifics vary from state to state, ...

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Child Custody and Support for Same-sex Couples

Posted in: Civil Unions & Domestic Partnerships, Custody & Visitation, General, Spousal & Child Support

As a same-sex partner, you may file a petition for either child custody or child support even if you are not filing for divorce. You may also do so if you are unmarried, as long as you can establish that ...

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Unmarried Couples Buying a Home: Who Should Be the Owner?

Posted in: Civil Unions & Domestic Partnerships, General, Property Division

For many Americans, purchasing a home will be the largest financial investment of their lives.  And while there is always stress involved in such a substantial purchase, the stress is eased to some degree for married couples by the fact ...

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Permanent Residency for Gay Marriage Partner

Posted in: Civil Unions & Domestic Partnerships, Custody & Visitation, Divorce

Until recently, an individual’s ability to seek citizenship in the United States through a citizen partner has been clear: unless a marriage is deemed valid, the federal government will not grant legal resident status.  Traditionally, the federal government has looked ...

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The Challenges of Civil Union Dissolution

Posted in: Civil Unions & Domestic Partnerships, General

Four states (Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, and New Jersey) currently grant civil unions. Though the precise definition may vary from state to state, a civil union is generally defined as a legal relationship between two persons of the same sex that ...

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Same-Sex Custody Disputes: How to Protect the Children

Posted in: Civil Unions & Domestic Partnerships, Custody & Visitation, Premarital & Cohabitation Agreements

On May 27, 2013, in Middletown, Pennsylvania, Dr. Lauren Daly was arrested for shooting her former partner in the heat of a custody dispute over one of their children.  Dr. Daly and her partner have shared custody of their 11-year-old son ...

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The DOMA Decision: What It Means for Legally Married Same-Sex Couples

Posted in: Civil Unions & Domestic Partnerships

On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court (in U.S. v. Windsor) held section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. What does this mean for legally married same-sex couples? The answer may depend upon a ...

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The DOMA Decision: What It Means for Federal Employees and Their Same-sex Spouses

Posted in: Civil Unions & Domestic Partnerships

Even for federal employees, there is no currently available definitive answer regarding which rights legally married same-sex couples will now be entitled to in non-recognition states. The following is a list of some of the rights that will now be available ...

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