Section Newsletter Articles on Civil Unions
When is a spouse really a spouse?
, October 2013
We all know that the meaning of the word “spouse” is evolving, and that evolution is occurring today at warp speed.
The tax effects of a civil union dissolution
, May 2013
While the Civil Union Act relies on the IMDMA for dissolving civil unions and dividing property; federal tax law does not account for these issues in dissolutions with same-sex parties (due to DOMA) and possibly all civil unions (due to the fact that the parties are not married). The Internal Revenue Service has not provided guidance for these issues.
Illinois Civil Union Act
, March 2011
Beginning on June 1, 2011, Illinois will recognize same-sex marriages, civil unions or other similar legal relations entered into in another jurisdiction as a civil union.
A first look at the Illinois Civil Union Act
, February 2011
As this article demonstrates, the Illinois Civil Union Act requires lawyers dealing with civil unions to be attuned to both the law of other states and the interplay of the civil union with other areas of the law.
Starting the debate: Should Illinois have same-sex marriage or civil unions?
, January 2007
One of the most contentious national political issues is whether to recognize same-sex marriages, deny same-sex marriages, or create some sort of “compromise” that falls short of using the word “marriage,” but yet purports to grant a large number of tangible legal benefits to same-sex couples and their children.