When a Marriage Fails, Same Sex Legally Married Couples Might Not Be Able to Divorce

One of the rights we associate with marriage, is, when a marriage fails, the right to end that marriage. At the same time that Illinois is on the brink of becoming the fifteenth state to allow gay couples to legally wed, two Texas same sex couples are trying to find a court to grant them a divorce. One of the significant problems a couple faces when they are married to someone of the same sex is that their marriage Read More

State Probe of Doc Hurley Foundation Sad Reminder of Need for Responsible Non-Profit Management

In the 1970s, Hartford sports legend Walter "Doc" Hurley "began raising money for the Doc Hurley Scholarship Fund to give needy students some modest help paying for college." An article in Sunday's Hartford Courant revealed that the paper's investigation had found: The Doc Hurley Scholarship Foundation that boosted the college dreams of hundreds of Hartford-area students has nearly collapsed, losing its Read More

Parking at Hartford’s Courthouses is About to Be More Convenient

It's rare to read positive press about parking in Hartford, but today there is some. According to the Hartford Business Journal, Mayor Pedro Segarra and the Hartford Parking Authority have announced the creation of a Courthouse Parking Zone that will double the amount of time you are able to park at metered spots. Most Hartford parking meters have a two hour limit, which can prove a real challenge for lawyers and Read More

Amazon Will Collect Connecticut Sales Tax Beginning Friday, November 1

Back in February, Connecticut reached a deal with Amazon addressing a long-standing dispute about online collection of state sales tax. Connecticut taxpayers were always required to report online purchases and pay sales tax on them, but, according to state officials, few ever did. In exchange for waiving its right to pursue back sales taxes, the state received Amazon's commitment to collect state sales tax on Read More

US FDA Propses New Rules to Address Pet Deaths

The Food and Drug Administration has stepped in with new proposed rules amid an ongoing investigation following a rash of pet deaths. According to estimates, more than 3,600 pets, mostly dogs, fell ill after eating jerky treats from China. At least 580 pets died. The FDA's proposed regulations are unrelated to the current investigation, but instead are part of the Food Safety Modernization Act and joint a recent Read More

California Light: The Connecticut Cooperative Post-Adoption Agreement

Can a child have three parents?  In California she sure can. This week the New York Times published an article about a California bill just signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.  The new law allows the courts to recognize situations when a child has three or more legal parents. This has implications for same sex couples, because of the diverse ways lesbian and gay parents have their children. According to the bill's Read More

On the (Maybe) Eve of the Supreme Court’s DOMA Decision: Love and Marriage and Prenups

I (Meghan) find myself, on what could be the eve of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor (the case which will likely determine the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”)), drafting a prenuptial agreement in advance of a same sex couple’s wedding.  The timing of this agreement reminds me, yet again, not only of the obvious inequality and additional financial burden Read More

March Madness: The Same Sex Marriage Edition

One of the things I miss about working in a large law firm is a robust and festive March Madness pool.  (Remembering that the last time I was in a large Connecticut firm, the UConn men were contenders with fewer academic “struggles.”  The UConn women, of course, were as outstanding both on the court and in the classroom back then as they are now.) So what does the NCAA tournament have to do with same sex marriage? Read More

Love and Taxes

As followers of Freed Marcroft’s Facebook page are well aware, this week the United States Supreme Court is set to hear arguments of two landmark cases impacting the rights of same sex couples in America — Hollingsworth v. Perry on Proposition 8, the anti-gay marriage initiative in California, and Windsor v. United States on the federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”). As I discussed on Colin McEnroe’s show on Read More

Love and Marriage

Although we spend a significant amount of our practice devoted to helping clients end their marriages as civilly, healthfully, and respectfully as possible, Freed Marcroft loves love. And, we love that the Illinois Senate chose Valentine’s Day as the day to hold a vote approving marriage equality. Same sex marriage is not yet legal in Illinois, the House has not yet voted and sufficient votes are said to be Read More