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U.S. Supreme Court Declares DOMA Unconstitutional: What You Need to Know

Posted in Court Decisions, Gay Marriage and Divorce

Hi there, What an exciting week!  I’m pleased to share the following alert regarding DOMA that my colleagues Lisa Cukier, Christine Fletcher and Peter Zupcofska put together today for clients and friends of our firm.  As we celebrate the fall of DOMA there are still lots of legal issues facing gay and lesbian couples in… Continue Reading

Applying for Social Security Survivor’s Benefits During the DOMA Appeal

Posted in Court Decisions, Finances and Divorce, Gay Marriage and Divorce

Hi there, The Supreme Court announces today whether or not they are going to take up a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act in a case arising out of Social Security benefits. As promised, here is a different point of view to last week’s post.  This one is authored by my partner Lisa Cukier, one… Continue Reading

@SCOTUS

Posted in Gay Marriage and Divorce

Twitter is an amazing way to get as-it-happens news and other information affecting our lives – and divorces.  As always, I find that the Twitter account, @SCOTUS, is the best for delivering timely updates to help us truly understand what is going on at the Supreme Court of the United States (also known as “SCOTUS”)…. Continue Reading

Monday’s Miscellany

Posted in Finances and Divorce

Hi there! It really doesn’t seem possible that Thanksgiving is this week (what I am really saying is I am having 27 folks for dinner and I am so not ready)! This week’s miscellany includes a really useful tool for parents, divorced and not, to handle scheduling through the Internet.  I have long been in… Continue Reading

Sorry to see it…

Posted in Gay Marriage and Divorce

Hi there, I was sorry to see that Tuesday the Maine voters rejected single sex marriage. In Massachusetts, however,  the Appeals Court  in what is known as a "slip opinion" (a slip opinion does not have the dis-positive force of law, but can be utilized as part of a court argument or brief), has extended the time… Continue Reading

Here we go again!

Posted in Gay Marriage and Divorce

Hi there, According to the New York Times, the highest court in New York will hear arguments on whether or not New York will honor marriages between gay and lesbian couples that are legal elsewhere. I was taught in law school that the constitution requires states to give "full faith and credit" to the laws… Continue Reading

Same Sex Marriage/Divorce

Posted in Gay Marriage and Divorce

Hi There, I was reading the other blogs listed on the side mine and there was this very interesting post on the New Hampshire Family Law Blog.  It goes to show how complex the question of gay marriage and divorce really is. Then my partner, Peter Zupcofska, was interviewed and did a great job setting out… Continue Reading

VT legalizes gay marriage

Posted in Gay Marriage and Divorce

Hi there, Great News from Vermont – gay marriage is now legal! I know this can be a political hot button, but ever since I read the Goodridge decision (PDF) which made Massachusetts the first state in the nation to legalize gay marriage, I have been proud to hail from Massachusetts. Vermonters can now feel… Continue Reading