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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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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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Gender-Neutral Language

A close friend recently told me a story about a person with whom he shared a cup of coffee. “Ok,” he asked, “How do you want me to refer to her? Do I say ‘young woman’ or ‘young lady?’” The answer is neither. At this point in our language’s evolution, it is generally beyond dispute 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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A Modest Prediction

Plenty has been said and written since the Supreme Court heard arguments last week in two same-sex marriage cases. There seems to be broad agreement that the Court will dismiss Hollingsworth v. Perry without reaching a decision on the merits, ruling that the group of people defending California’s Proposition 8 (which amended the California constitution Read More

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