21 Mar 2013

Happily Ever After?

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We are students today – excited to participate in a seminar hosted by the Georgia Bar. The subject is Same Sex Marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Key question – can the court system address the gap that exists between civil remedies afforded to married couples, and those afforded to domestic partners living in states that have not yet expanded the legal definition of “marriage” to include the union of gay couples?

Regardless of the legal status of a relationship, when two or more adults co-habitate, life happens – loving bonds can deteriorate. As we consider the diversity of our world and the expansion of the myriad lenses through which it is viewed, access to justice and the resolution of civil disputes (divorce, dissolving a relationship, child custody/timesharing, child support, joint asset distribution, estates/probate), become inflection points on the manner in which this country moves forward in its legal definition of “family” – supporting all in their pursuits of life, liberty and happiness.

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