About the Book: Making It Legal: A Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Domestic Partnership & Civil Unions 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. About the Author Frederick Hertz is a practicing attorney-mediator whose work focuses on co-ownership relations between friends, lovers, spouses, partners, and siblings. He is the coauthor of Nolo’s Living Together: A Legal Guide for Unmarried Couples and A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. (booksense)
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