Families today take many forms. Many times it takes the law some time to catch up to today’s definition of family. We find creative solutions for both parents to have a legal relationship with their child.
Adoption and Parentage
In a same-sex relationship, it is important to establish legal protection for both parents’ relationship with the child. It is crucial to protect children in the event of dissolution of the relationship or the death of one of the parents.
We have a history of success helping same-sex couples in the following areas:
- Assisted reproductive technologies
- Donor agreements, both egg and sperm
Protecting LGBT Couples and Families in Wisconsin
Under Wisconsin law, same-sex families have a spectrum of options available to them to protect their relationships and their children. Deciding which options to proceed with involves evaluating a variety of factors, including your family’s needs, wishes, and future plans, as well as financial considerations and time constraints. Here is a summary of the services we provide to protect LGBT families. To discuss what options are best for your family, contact us to set up an initial consultation.
Federal Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage
On June 26, 2013, in United States v. Windsor, the U.S. Supreme Court found part of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) unconstitutional on equal protection and federalism grounds. As a result, the federal government must now recognize same-sex marriages for purposes of federal programs and benefits. Whether to enter into a federally recognized marriage is a complicated decision for same-sex couples living in Wisconsin, emotional considerations aside. Here is an outline of some factors Wisconsin couples should take into account when making this decision. For advice on how a federally recognized marriage might affect your family, please contact us to set up a consultation.
California’s Prop 8 is Declared Unconstitutional
On August 4, 2010, in a case called Perry v. Schwarzenegger, Judge Vaughn Walker of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California declared Proposition 8 unconstitutional. What does the decision say and mean?
Wisconsin’s Domestic Partnership Law
Many clients wonder how Wisconsin’s domestic partnership law, which took effect on August 3, 2009, will affect them. Here is a brief explanation of the law.