Making It Legal

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NOLO, Jan 12, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 297 pages
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The ultimate guide to the past, present, and future of same-sex relationship laws in the U.S.

Same-sex relationships are treated differently under each state's laws, and nearly a quarter of the U.S. population lives in a state with some form of legal recognition for same-sex couples. More than 85,000 same-sex couples have entered a legal relationship since 1997.

Making It Legal is the only book that offers a comprehensive review of all the issues that influence the decision to marry, breaks down the complex and ever-changing rules of same-sex relationship laws, and provides practical guidance on one of the most important decisions a couple can make.

Following a brief history of the same-sex marriage movement and a survey of the current legal landscape, Making It Legal discusses the important factors involved in the personal decision to marry along with the issues that every married couple may face:

  • Is a pre-nup advisable? What does it involve?
  • What happens when you want to file your taxes?
  • When is a will or a living trust needed?
  • What are the special needs of same-sex couples with kids?
  • When should you turn to professionals for help during disagreements?
  • How do you work with step-parents, past partners, and the blended family?

    Nationally-recognized same-sex relationship law expert Attorney Frederick Hertz and Attorney Emily Doskow have written the ultimate guide to the ultimate decision -- whether to enter into a marriage or other legal relationship with your same-sex partner.
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    Review: Making It Legal: A Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Domestic Partnerships & Civil Unions

    User Review  - S. Harrell - Goodreads

    While this book is a great resource for same-sex couples embarking on the legal aspects of commitment, it should be required reading for any and all joined in such bliss. NOLO has again created a ... Read full review

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    About the author (2011)

    Frederick Hertz is a practicing attorney-mediator and the author of Legal Affairs: Essential Advice for Same-Sex Couples (Owl Books) and co-author of Nolo's Living Together: A Legal Guide for Unmarried Couples and A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples. He lives and works in Oakland, California.

    Doskow is a practicing attorney and mediator who has worked with families in the Bay Area for more than 15 years. She specializes in family law, including adoption, parentage issues, domestic partnership formation and dissolution, and divorce. She is a graduate of the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.

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