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Legal Affairs: Essential Advice for Same-Sex Couples

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A groundbreaking book for gay and lesbian couples.

In this country, same-sex marriages have yet to become legalized even though increasing numbers of lesbian and gay couples are forming and maintaining long-term relationships. In a friendly and informal tone, Legal Affairs presents critical concerns facing individuals whose partnership is not protected by the laws of marriage. It covers the social, legal, psychological, and financial aspects of forming or dissolving same-sex ...

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Overview

A groundbreaking book for gay and lesbian couples.

In this country, same-sex marriages have yet to become legalized even though increasing numbers of lesbian and gay couples are forming and maintaining long-term relationships. In a friendly and informal tone, Legal Affairs presents critical concerns facing individuals whose partnership is not protected by the laws of marriage. It covers the social, legal, psychological, and financial aspects of forming or dissolving same-sex partnerships as it encourages couples to design for themselves a balanced and equitable union that will survive the good and bad times.

A unique blend of practical advice, wise counsel, and social history, it features a comprehensive discussion of a variety of legal and financial arrangements that lead to securing and "legally" binding a relationship. It reviews the commitment process; the details of making written agreements; and taxation and the "extended" family. It also offers concrete advice concerning the ending of a union that may involve children, real estate, and personal property. Sensitively recognizing the personal and political dynamics involved in same-sex partnerships, this wonderfully comprehensive guide is sure to become a must-have for gays and lesbians.

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With same-sex marriage a controversial concept whose time has perhaps not yet come, gay and lesbian couples may be bewildered by a legal system that rarely provides for or acknowledges them. Hertz, a San Francisco attorney, maps out the legal options available to such couples seeking to formalize their relationships. The author takes a holistic approach, first presenting a social history of marriage and divorce, enabling readers to place their relationship within its social context and evaluate what relationship structures are most appropriate. Writing with a minimum of legalese, Hertz offers canny advice about how couples can resolve such issues as domestic partnerships, home ownership, care of children, financial planning, estate planning, and "divorce." This is not a do-it-yourself law guide but a primer designed to encourage reflection and discussion between partners and as such complements practically oriented guides like Hayden Curry's A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples Nolo, 1996. 9th ed.. Recommended for specialized gay studies collections and public libraries serving gay and lesbian populations.Richard Violette, Social Law Lib., Boston
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Addresses the social, legal, psychological, and financial issues facing individuals whose partnership is not protected by the laws of marriage. Blends practical advice, wise counsel, and social history to present a variety of arrangements that lead to securing and legally binding a relationship<-->the commitment process, written agreements, taxation, the role of extended family, the legal consequences of getting married, and ending a union that involves real estate and personal property. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805052244
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/15/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Frederick Hertz, an attorney practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a recognized expert in the emerging field of gay-family law. He has appeared on Oprah and has written for the New York Times.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
A Personal Prologue
The Purpose of This Book
A Few Cautionary Words
Introduction: Looking Back and Moving Forward
A Condensed Version of the History of Marriage
A Short History of Divorce
The Importance of the Gay Liberation Movement
Honoring Our Differences, Making Our Choices
1 The Legal Landscape for Same-Sex Couples 3
2 Tying the Knot: Navigating Commitment in a World Without Marriage 29
3 Partnership by Agreement: Negotiating Fairly in an Uncharted World 52
4 The Basic Ingredients of Every Agreement 72
5 The Children of Lesbian and Gay Families 110
6 Public Affairs in the Happy Times 138
7 Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: The Procedural Options 163
8 Home Is Where the Heart Was 208
9 These Are a Few of My Favorite Things 238
10 Public Affairs in the Hard Times 254
Afterword: Creating the New Same-Sex Marriage 260
Glossary 263
Further Reading 271
Index 273
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