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Making It Legal

A Guide To Same-sex Marriage, Domestic Partnerships & Civil Unions

By Frederick Hertz

The ultimate guide to the past, present, and future of same-sex relationship laws in the U.S.

Same-sex relationships are treated differently under each state's laws, and nearly a quarter of the U.S. population lives in a state with some form of legal recognition for same-sex couples. More than 85,000 same-sex couples have entered a legal relationship since 1997.

Making It Legal is the only book that offers a comprehensive review of all the issues that influence the decision to marry, breaks down the complex and ever-changing rules of same-sex relationship laws, and provides practical guidance on one of the most important decisions a couple can make.

Following a brief history of the same-sex marriage movement and a survey of the current legal landscape, Making It Legal discusses the important factors involved in the personal decision to marry along with the issues that every married couple may face:

  • Is a pre-nup advisable? What does it involve?
  • What happens when you want to file your taxes?
  • When is a will or a living trust needed?
  • What are the special needs of same-sex couples with kids?
  • When should you turn to professionals for help during disagreements?
  • How do you work with step-parents, past partners, and the blended family?

    Nationally-recognized same-sex relationship law expert Attorney Frederick Hertz and Attorney Emily Doskow have written the ultimate guide to the ultimate decision -- whether to enter into a marriage or other legal relationship with your same-sex partner.
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    Publish Date

    2011

    ISBN

    9781413313185


    Format: Book
    Author: Hertz, Frederick
    Summary: "A comprehensive, easy to understand guide to the past, present and future of same-sex relationships in America. The new edition reflects changes in state law across the country and projects future changes"--Provided by publisher.
    Title: Making it legal : a guide to same-sex marriage, domestic partnerships & civil unions / Frederick C. Hertz with Emily Doskow.
    Publisher Date: Berkeley, Calif. : Nolo, 2011.
    Subject: Same-sex marriage -- Law and legislation -- United States Civil unions -- Law and legislation -- United States. Gay couples -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States Gay rights -- United States Divorce -- Law and legislation -- United States Estate planning -- United States
    Isbn: 9781413313185 (pbk.) 1413313183 (pbk.) 9781413313451 (e-book) 1413313450 (e-book)
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    System Items Available: 2
    System Items Total: 2
    Call Number: 306.848 Her
    Oclc: 649927584
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    Bib Id: 395472

    Format: Book
    Author: Hertz, Frederick
    Summary: "A comprehensive, easy to understand guide to the past, present and future of same-sex relationships in America. The new edition reflects changes in state law across the country and projects future changes"--Provided by publisher.
    Title: Making it legal : a guide to same-sex marriage, domestic partnerships & civil unions / Frederick C. Hertz with Emily Doskow.
    Edition: 2nd ed.
    Publisher, Date: Berkeley, Calif. : Nolo, 2011.
    Description: 275 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
    Subjects: Same-sex marriage -- Law and legislation -- United States
    Subjects: Civil unions -- Law and legislation -- United States.
    Subjects: Gay couples -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States
    Subjects: Gay rights -- United States
    Subjects: Divorce -- Law and legislation -- United States
    Subjects: Estate planning -- United States
    Other Author: Doskow, Emily
    Notes: Includes index.
    Contents: 1. A brief history of the same-sex marriage movement : The not-so-good old days ; The marriage pioneers ; The emergence of gay families ; Domestic partnership in the beginning ; The question of marriage -- 2. Same-sex marriage around the world and at home : The international landscape ; The domestic landscape ; State by state: marriage and relationship recognition in America ; Equality in the works ; When is a spouse not a spouse? Introduction to the problem of nonrecognition -- 3. What it means to be married: the rules of marriage and divorce : The architecture of marriage ; Rules of marriage in the present ; Rules of divorce ; Marriage and parentage ; The benefits of marriage -- 4. The real-life consequences of legal discrimination : Federal nonrecognition ; Interstate nonrecognition ; Special issues for transgender partners ; Recognition of what you can and can't control -- 5. Marriage material : Applying logic to picking a partner ; Selecting a mate: the historical backdrop ; Legal barriers to commitment ; Things to consider before saying "I do" -- 6. Ten steps to a decision : The ten steps to a decision -- 7. To prenup or not to prenup : What's a premarital agreement? ; Essential ingredients of a prenup ; The process of creating a prenup ; The emotional dimensions ; Making agreements if you choose to remain unmarried ; The bottom line: costs of a prenup -- 8. Avoiding the ugly gay divorce : The lessons of experience ; Things you should know about divorce ; Divorce stories ; Don't become the bad or the ugly ; How to resolve conflict at divorce ; Collaborative divorce ; Avoiding the ugly gay divorce when you're unmarried -- 9. Estate planning for same-sex couples : Planning for disability ; Planning for death ; Intestacy rules ; Other ways to transfer property at death ; Fiduciary duties and the problem of "influence" ; Special issues for parents ; Cautionary tales ; Estate planning when you're not married or legally partnered -- 10. Legal change in action: how change happens and what to expect : How legal change happens ; Marriage in the courts ; Marriage in the legislature ; Marriage and the voters ; What does the uncertain future mean to your present? -- Appendixes : A. Relationship recognition chart ; B. Resources ; C. The marriage license test.
    LCCN: 2010031336
    ISBN: 9781413313185 (pbk.)
    ISBN: 1413313183 (pbk.)
    ISBN: 9781413313451 (e-book)
    ISBN: 1413313450 (e-book)
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    Available Copies: 2
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    Call Number: 306.848 Her