[Webinar] “CT Same-Sex Couples & Stepparent Adoption: Your Name on the Birth Certificate is Not Enough”

On Thursday, November 17th at 5:30 PM, Freed Marcroft Attorneys Meghan Freed and Carla Zahner will host a complimentary webinar on stepparent adoption in Connecticut. The recent presidential election has highlighted the importance of adopting children of parents of the same sex.  This webinar will provide clarity on the current status of children who are biologically related to one but not both parents, will share Read More

Post-Election Stress and Adoption

Yesterday morning, following President-Elect Trump's win, I met with a young married couple about a step-parent adoption. They were two women, and the meeting opened with tears. It was heartbreaking. Adoption consultations are usually some of our most joyous -- a happy couple, either planning for or expecting a child.  Yesterday, though, was the morning after a historical election that for many, including in Read More

Meghan Freed interviewed by Avvo on Divorce Issues Faced By Same Sex Spouses

Meghan Freed was one of the family law attorneys interviewed by Avvo for the article How Same-Sex Divorce Differs From Regular Divorce. Meghan commented both on issues that arise in property division and with respect to child custody. Meghan Freed, attorney with family law firm Freed Marcroft in Hartford, Connecticut, agrees. “The real issue is that some same-sex couples were in lengthy partnerships before they Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Underscores that Second Parent Adoption Remains Critical for Same Sex Parents

"You still have to adopt your children." I have said this more times than I can count since the United States Supreme Court decisions on same sex marriage equality United States v. Windsor and Obergefell v. Hodges. Why? Many same-sex couples who have a child who is biologically related to one parent and not the other -- for example, a couple may use a sperm or egg donor to assist them in conceiving their baby Read More

Landing on Your Feet (and Other Lessons on Life From Divorce Clients)

A year ago this week I – in a spectacular flailing demonstration more worthy of Clark Griswold than Nancy Kerrigan – broke my ankle “ice skating” during Winterfest at Bushnell Park. Note: As a board member of iQuilt (one of the main entities behind Winterfest), and as a cheerleader for Hartford, I strongly encourage you to enjoy the free ice skating.  As a world-class klutz, I encourage you to be careful while Read More

Catching up with Connecticut: The IRS Issues Proposed Rulings on the Definition Of “Husband” And “Wife”

In June, the Supreme Court ruled state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional in Obergefell v. Hodges.  Accordingly, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has now issued proposed regulations under which marriages between couples of the same sex are recognized for all federal tax purposes, including income, estate, gift, generation-skipping, and employment tax. More specifically, the proposed regulations were Read More

Meghan Freed Named to National “Best Lawyers Under 40” list List by LGBT Bar

Meghan Freed was named as one of The National LGBT Bar Association's Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40. Each year, the LGBT Bar recognizes 40 LGBT legal professionals (practicing lawyers, law professors, corporate counsel, members of the judiciary, politicians, etc.) under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their field and have demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBT equality. The 2015 awardees will be Read More

Why, After the Supreme Court Marriage Ruling, Same Sex Spouses Should Still Adopt Their Non-Biological Children

It has been less than one week since the Supreme Court's Obergefell decision holding that the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution requires states to license marriages between two people of the same sex and to recognize lawful out-of-state marriages between two people of the same sex. Love won. Very understandably, we have already received multiple questions regarding whether, in light of Read More

Why It is Especially Important that Connecticut Unmarried Same Sex Partners Adopt Their Children

One of the most common misconceptions that we hear when we are discussing parental rights for same-sex couples with new or prospective clients is their belief that they are the legal parent of a child by virtue of appearing on the birth certificate. As the National Center for Lesbian Rights explains: It is extremely important for non-biological parents to get a[n] ... adoption as soon as possible to ensure that Read More

Meghan Freed to Co-Present Session on Marriage and Divorce Equality for Same Sex Couples at Annual CBA Conference

Meghan Freed and Leslie Jennings-Lax will co-present "Are We There Yet? Marriage and Divorce Equality for Same Sex Couples" at the Connecticut Bar Association's annual Connecticut Legal Conference. The session will address some of the differences facing same-sex and opposite sex couples in marriage and dissolution, including: residency requirements for couples married in Connecticut who currently reside in a Read More