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Formalizing Parenting Relationships in LGBTQ+ Families

            In the past few years, the LGBTQ+ community has had a great deal of success in obtaining legal recognition of their families. However, changes in the political environment can threaten those hard won successes. In particular, LGBTQ+ and non-traditional families are vulnerable if they are not legally tied to their children or their partners. Take Read More

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V.L. v. E. L.

The Supreme Court of the United States issued a per curiam opinion on March 7, 2016, tangentially related to family law, but mostly related to the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the United States Constitution.  The Full Faith and Credit Clause requires states to acknowledge, enforce, and abide by orders of sibling states.   This Read More

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Same-Sex Couples and Joint Tax Returns

As the end of 2015 approaches, same-sex married couples will be turning to the question of whether they should file joint tax returns, or as married persons filing separately.  Until the United States Supreme Court required all jurisdictions to recognize valid same-sex marriages, this was not an option for many.  Now that it is, when Read More

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How My Moms Had a Baby

Some of our most rewarding work at KSFM involves assisting committed same-sex couples who want to have children together, whether through IVF, sperm donation, or other assisted reproduction.  KSFM is able to assist both in the initial stages – with contracts and legal advice related to moving forward- as well as after children are born Read More

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AAML on Same-Sex Marriage

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers has filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in support of the appeal of a decision of a Federal Circuit Court allowing the States of Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky, not only to prevent same-sex marriages within their borders, but also to refuse to recognize marriages performed in states Read More

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Same Sex Divorce in Virginia

One interesting, if less significant, consequence of the Supreme Court’s decision not to decide is that same-sex couples who married in DC and live in Virginia will presumably no longer have access to divorce in DC. Under normal circumstances, one member of a couple seeking divorce in DC must have lived in that jurisdiction for Read More

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3….2…..1…..Marriage Equality in Virginia

The Supreme Court of the United States today declined to hear multiple cases seeking certiorari related to the issue of Same Sex Marriage.  Wisconsin, the state where I grew up, is front and center in the decision, as are Indiana (where I clerked on the Supreme Court of Indiana), Oklahoma and Utah.  The fifth state Read More

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The Cost Of Biological Children for Lesbian Couples

By Julianne Edwards-Ransom There were many legal developments for LGBT individuals in this country in recent months but marriage equality is only the beginning step for members of the LGBT community who wish to have a family. While some people choose to adopt, which has its own unique challenges for LGBT petitioners, many wish to Read More

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Another Big Day for Same-sex Marriage

In the most important news for same-sex couples since the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in June, the Internal Revenue Service issued a press release on August 29 stating that it has ruled that, for federal tax purposes, all same-sex couples who married legally in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages Read More

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A Big Week for Supporters of Same-Sex Marriage

Originally posted on July 2, 2013 In a major victory for supporters of same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court issued a decision in United States v. Windsor that struck down the main part of the Defense of marriage Act defining marriage as solely a union between a man and a woman. The five-justice majority, led by Read More

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