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A Closer Look at the Supreme Court’s Same Sex Marriage Ruling

Posted in Court Decisions, Gay Marriage and Divorce

With the announcement of last week’s Supreme Court decision, proponents of same sex marriage rejoiced and Facebook became much more colorful. After a weekend of celebrating the new-found rights of my gay and lesbian friends, neighbors and colleagues, I sat down today to read all 103 pages of the majority decision and dissenting opinions, including… Continue Reading

Revenue Ruling 2013-17: IRS Recognizes Same-Sex Marriages for Tax Purposes

Posted in Finances and Divorce, Gay Marriage and Divorce

Hi there, My terrific tax colleague, Jen Green, has a quick update on taxes for same-sex married couples. This is terrific! Best, Nancy The IRS has issued a notice extending Revenue Ruling 58-66 to same-sex marriages.  In Revenue Ruling 58-66, the IRS stated that a couple would be treated as married for purposes of Federal income… Continue Reading

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

DOMA is Gone!

Posted in Court Decisions, Gay Marriage and Divorce

Today the Supreme Court of the Unites States struck down the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  The ruling will make a huge difference for gay couples in states where same-sex is legal, but all states will still retain their right to regulate marriage laws. My colleagues and I are monitoring the coverage of today’s… 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


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

Married Same-Sex Couples No Longer Need to Adopt Children Born During the Marriage, Or Do They?

Posted in Gay Marriage and Divorce, Parenting, Children & Divorce

Hi there, Not unexpectedly, the rules on same-sex marriage and parenting are in flux in Massachusetts. One of the changes has been in the area of need to adopt.  My very talented partner, Robin Lynch Nardone, discusses this interesting topic below. Best, Nancy   In February 2012, the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled that a child born of… Continue Reading

California’s 9th Circuit Has Ruled…

Posted in Gay Marriage and Divorce

Hi there, The federal 9th circuit, which admittedly is one of the most liberal courts in the country, has just ruled California’s ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional. I think this pretty much gurantees a Supreme Court hearing.  In any case, it’s good news! Best, Nancy

A Fascinating Challenge to DOMA

Posted in Gay Marriage and Divorce

Hi there, Coming up this Thursday is the oral argument before the Federal Court in the GLAD challenge to the Federal Defense of Marriage Act. I am someone who is strongly (fervently) in favor of gay marriage.  Single sex adoption has been around for a long time and I had thought that the successful challenge for gay marriage… 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

N.H. Closer to Same Sex Marriage Law

Posted in Gay Marriage and Divorce

Hi There,   Here I am posting on gay marriage yet again.  Because I am a divorce lawyer and because I have been married for 44 years, marriage is obviously something I think about regularly, both personally and professionally.  There are so many significant legal rights that attach to marriage that I have long believed that same… 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