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Recent revisions to the existing Homestead Act, which were signed into law by Governor Patrick, will provide every Massachusetts homeowner with up to $125,000.00 in creditor protection automatically, beginning in March 2011. Because this is not a federal law or protection, same-sex married couples have the same rights and protections afforded all “married spouses” under the Homestead Act. Continue reading
What Is Co-Parent Adoption? Generally speaking, adoption refers to the process of establishing a legal and permanent parent-child relationship where none existed. A typical example is the domestic or international adoption of a child by an unrelated individual or couple. … Continue reading
District Judge Randall Rehmeier Tuesday denied a divorce to a same-sex Nebraska City couple that was married in 2003 in Vermont. The judge said the Nebraska Constitution provides that “only marriage between a man and a woman shall be valid or recognized in Nebraska. Continue reading
In essence, benefits are available to all persons who have assumed the responsibility of parenting a child, regardless of the absence of a biological or legal parent-child relationship. Continue reading
I am contacted increasingly often by couples from states like Florida who were married in Massachusetts and who now want to obtain a same-sex divorce. In many cases, both spouses are in complete agreement and ready to cooperate in order to obtain a divorce. Their question to me: Can we obtain a divorce in Massachusetts? The answer: No. Follow-up question: Well, then can we get divorced in Florida? The answer: No. Continue reading
As reported by the Associated Press on Monday, June 28, 2010, the Iceland parliament recently passed a law granting full same-sex marriage equality to same-sex couples. The law passed without a single dissenting vote on June 11, 2010. Iceland’s Prime … Continue reading
New York State’s highest court ruled on Tuesday that nonbiological parents in legally recognized same-sex unions have the same parental rights and obligations as nonbiological parents in legally recognized opposite-sex unions. Continue reading