Making it Legal: A Guide to Same-sex Marriage, Domestic Partnership & Civil Unions

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Nolo, 2009 - Law - 269 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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User Review  - jaidit - LibraryThing

This book is the tech support manual for a same-sex relationship. Planning on getting married? You need this book. Not planning on getting married. You still need this book. The laws regarding same ... Read full review

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User Review  - ClifSven - LibraryThing

An extremely good guide to same-sex relationships. This book is a great guide for the LGBT community. Nolo’s fare is usually more attorney-friendly, this book isn’t quite as full of “legalese” as ... Read full review


The Rules of Marriage and Divorce
4 The RealLife Consequences of Legal Discrimination
5 Marriage Material
6 Ten Steps to a Decision
7 To Prenup or Not to Prenup
8 Avoiding the Ugly Gay Divorce
9 Estate Planning for SameSex Couples
How Change Happens and What to Expect
The End
Appendix A Relationship Recognition Chart
Appendix B Resources
Appendix C The Marriage License Test
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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. Emily Doskow is a practicing attorney specializing in family law, including adoption, parentage issues, domestic partnership formation and dissolution, and divorce. She is the author of Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce and the editor of many Nolo titles. Both live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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