Making it Legal: A Guide to Same-sex Marriage, Domestic Partnership & Civil Unions
, 2009 - Law
- 269 pages
11,000 couples have married in California since the Supreme Court legalized marriage in May of 2008, and nearly as many married in Massachusetts between May of 2004. Further, nearly a quarter of the U.S. population lives in a state with some form of legal recognition for same-sex couples – with more than 40% of these states' couples having registered their relationships.Authored by a Frederick Hertz, a nationally recognized expert in same-sex relationship law, Making it Legal is a comprehensive, easy to understand guide to the past, present and future of same-sex law in America. The book offers lesbians and gay men a comprehensive review of all of the issues that influence the decision to marry and helps the reader navigate the complexity of same-sex laws and understand the newest legal options while providing practical guidance on how to make one of the most important decisions in one's lifetime.The book provides a brief history of the same-sex marriage movement, a survey of the current legal landscape and a view toward emerging trends and targets, and moves on to a discussion of the factors involved in the personal decision to marry along with the issues that every married couple may face: • Is a pre-nup advisable and what does it involve? • How to evaluate the effect of taxes on shared lives • When is a will or trust needed • What are the special needs of couples with kids • When to turn to professionals for help during disagreements • Working with step-parents, past partners, and the blended family And much more.