426 pages : forms ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Gay and lesbian couples have gained a lot of legal ground in recent years. Although same-sex marriage is legal, it's important to stay up to speed on the laws governing parentage, adoption, civil unions, and domestic partnerships, which vary from state to state. And if you choose to remain unmarried, it's essential that you protect your rights and define your relationship in the eyes of the law. This plain-English guide shows you how to do it.
Introduction : Your LGBT family companion : How we see our relationships -- How this book can help -- Using forms in this book -- Defining family: basics of marriage, domestic partnership, and more --Defining family ; The rise (and likely fall) of domestic partnership -- Benefits for domestic partners ; Making it legal, and the key ramifications of marriage ; Prenuptial and prepartnership agreements ; Is marriage (or its equivalent) right for you? ; Special issues when one partner is transgender ; Adopting your partner ; Keeping up with legal changes -- Money, insurance, name changes, and immigration issues : Cash and credit ; Insurance ; Name changes ; Foreign lovers: visits and immigration -- Renting a home together : If a landlord discriminates against you ; Sharing a rental ; Sharing one partner's rented home ; Renter's insurance ; Moving on ; Public benefits and living together -- I'm Mom, she's Mommy (or I'm Daddy, he's Papa) : Legal parents and the second-parent trap ; Having a child ; Adopting a child ; Foster parenting ; Becoming a guardian ; Agreement with teenagers -- Medical and financial matters: delegating authority : Health care decisions ; Physician-assisted suicide ; Burial and body disposition ; Estate planning note ; Durable power of attorney for finances -- Looking ahead: estate planning : Death and living together contracts ; Wills ; A sample will ; Estate planning beyond a will -- Living together contracts for lesbian and gay couples : Living together contracts are legal ; When you need a living together contract ; What to include in a living together contract ; Sample living together contracts ; Contracts for jointly acquired items ; Modifying your agreement ; Beware the tax man! -- Buying a home together (and other real estate ventures) : Finding a house ; How much house can you afford? ; Proceeding with your purchase ; Taking title to your new home ; Contracts for home purchase and ownership -- Going separate ways: issues at the end of a relationship : Breaking up: an overview ; The separation process: what to do ; Getting to yes: how to work toward resolution ; Ideas for solving some common problems ; Breaking up when there's no legal relationship ; Dissolving a same-sex marriage ; Dissolving a straight marriage ; Domestic violence in same-sex relationships -- Help beyond the book : Hiring a lawyer ; Doing your own legal research ; Legal organizations -- Appendix : How to use the downloadable forms on the Nolo website : Editing RTFs ; List of forms available on the Nolo website.
Legal guide for lesbian & gay couples
Lesbian & gay couples