U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether same-sex marriage should be permitted across all U.S. states.
A look at the treatment of same-sex marriage and the rights of same-sex couples in the southern U.S. states.
OnJune 1, 2011, the “Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act” came into effect. Under this law, two persons – both at least 18 years of age and without regard to gender – will be permitted to obtain a civil union with the same rights and benefits afforded to opposite-sex couples under the state’s marriage laws.
Although the majority of estate plans created by practitioners will contemplate marriage between the settlor and a person of the opposite sex, life and the practice of law in the 21st century dictate that not all of those who seek the services of estate planning specialists and other estate and probate professionals will fit that mold.
Estate Planning for couples who have neither married nor registered as Domestic Partners.
Estate Planning for couples who have registered as Domestic Partners.
As is true for any couple, the right estate plan for a same-sex couple depends on the particular wishes and objectives of the parties. Planning for the same-sex couple is especially important and challenging, however, because of the complex legal and tax considerations that must be taken into account.
Domestic Partnership (“DP”) and Civil Union (“CU”) Acts have opened the door to various benefits for same-sex couples in New Jersey. Along with the benefits come issues and unanswered financial questions that family law practitioners and financial advisers must consider should the relationship end.
Marriage is a vital social institution. The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures love and mutual support; it brings stability to our society. For those who choose to marry, and for their children, marriage provides an abundance of legal, financial, and social benefits.