Diana Richmond on “What Family Law Attorneys Need To Know About the U.S. Supreme Court Marriage Equality Decisions” for the AAML

September 2013

On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued landmark Civil Rights decisions on two Marriage Equality cases, US v. Windsor (DOMA) and Hollingsworth v. Perry (California Proposition 8). This webinar’s purpose is to assist the practitioner in navigating the myriad of Federal programs and benefits affected by the repeal of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act in Family Law related topic areas such as adoption, life insurance and health care benefits, HIPPA, COBRA, ERISA covered retirement plans, custody, immigration including spouse visa applications, income taxation, estate planning, pre-marital agreements, and social security. We will grapple with the question of a court’s jurisdiction to dissolve a marriage celebrated in a Marriage Equality jurisdiction while the parties live in a prohibition jurisdiction. Just as the country is divided up into a patchwork of red versus blue states, it is also divided up into a patchwork of Marriage Equality Jurisdictions (13) versus Prohibition states (38). Hear from experienced Family Law practitioners from each type of jurisdiction, and learn strategies to advise your clients depending upon the laws of your jurisdiction, as well as identifying some of the challenges and approaches to resolution of cases from these two distinct perspectives. The two landmark decisions represent a huge step forward toward Marriage Equality throughout the country—learn about other changes that may be on the near horizon as various states grapple with these issues in their state courts and legislatures, and hear about existing cases pending in various Federal District courts around the country. More change is coming.