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By Denis Clifford Attorney, Frederick Hertz Attorney, Emily Doskow Attorney

Shield your rights -- defend your courting!

Now greater than ever, it is vital that you're taking the right kind felony steps to outline and shield your courting within the eyes of the legislations. in the event you do not, you run the chance of being close out of every other's lives -- and the lives of youngsters you co-parent -- in instances of clinical, monetary or own trouble.

This sensible, plain-English consultant indicates lesbian and homosexual the way to:

  • make sensible judgements approximately dwelling jointly
  • obtain family associate advantages
  • make clinical judgements for every different while wanted
  • take care of every other's funds whilst one companion is incapacitated
  • leave estate to one another
  • have and lift young ones via adoption, donor insemination, surrogacy or foster parenting

    This version is up to date with a dialogue of the legislation of every country supplying both marriage or marriage-equivalent prestige, covers the entire new nation legislation in fresh months, and discusses the professionals and cons of stepping into a wedding or like courting.

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    Resource Visit the California Secretary of State’s website. For more information about domestic partnership, or to download the registration form, go to www. gov. 44 | A Legal guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples Rights and Responsibilities of California Registered Domestic Partners Domestic partnership in California now carries with it a wide range of rights and responsibilities. All of these rights and responsibilities also apply to same-sex couples married during the June to November window in 2008.

    Domestic partners have the same privilege as spouses to refuse to testify against each other in court. chapter 2 | Marriage and Marriage-equivalent relationships | 45 • Domestic partners have the same rights as married couples to family student housing, senior citizen housing, and other housing benefits. • A surviving domestic partner has the right to make anatomical gifts, consent to an autopsy, and make funeral arrangements for a deceased partner. • Upon separation, an economically dependent partner has the right to seek spousal support from his or her former partner.

    But in Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, and Texas, courts have ruled the other way, finding that a person’s sex is determined at birth, and the marriages were void because the partners were actually of the same sex. (Kantaras v. Kantaras, (Fla. Dist. Ct. , No. 2D03-1377, 7/23/04, reversing 2003 decision to the contrary); In re the Marriage of Sterling Simmons, No. 98 D 13738 (Cir. 3d 120 (Kansas 2002); Littleton v. ) 30 | A Legal guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples The case of Littlejohn, however, was called into question by a recent trial court case in Texas.

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