Issues Facing Same Sex Couples

Property Division Complications for Same-Sex Divorces | Hartford, CT

Potential Property Division Complications for Same Sex Divorces

The impact of Connecticut law on same-sex spouses when it comes to property division in divorces can be confusing. Background on Same-Sex Divorce & Marriage Equality

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Why is it Important for Same Sex Couples to do a Second Parent Adoption?

When same sex couples decide to start a family, they have plenty of options to make their dreams a reality. Unfortunately, these couples can also face several unique legal issues. Whether you’re planning to adopt a new child together, become a parent through surrogacy or a sperm donation, or adopt your partner’s child from a…

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How to Emotionally Recover from the Unique Challenges of a Same-Sex Divorce

In spite of the victories that the LGBT community has enjoyed in recent years, the legal landscape for same-sex couples is still changing. It can be difficult for same-sex couples to navigate the process of divorce, both from a legal and emotional standpoint. How can you hold on to that winning mindset and steel yourself…

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Property Division Complications for Same-Sex Divorces | Hartford, CT

Potential Alimony Complications for Same Sex Divorcing Couples in Connecticut

The legalization of marriage between partners of the same sex in Connecticut was a hard-fought battle. Decisions recognizing marriage equality in Connecticut in 2008, and then nationally in 2015, were celebrated across the United States …

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[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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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