Same-sex marriage laws are rapidly evolving. Some but not all states recognize same-sex marriages. Others have legalized domestic partnerships and civil unions, but not gay and lesbian marriages. And still others do not formally recognize any type of union between same-sex couples. Couples who are considering a same-sex marriage, civil union or domestic partnership should talk to family law attorneys with same-sex marriage experience to understand what rights and privileges automatically come with each type of union and what gaps may have to be filled through other legal arrangements, such as a living trust, last will and testament, power of attorney and/or advance directive. Law firms with same-sex marriage practices can also advise couples who are moving or traveling to different states how their legal rights might be affected when crossing state lines. Finally, lawyers with LGBT practices can also represent individuals in same-sex marriages, civil unions or domestic partnerships in the event of divorce.
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