Great news for LGBTQ families in New York!

This week, Governor Cuomo signed into law a much needed amendment to the adoption law which makes it possible for adoptions to go forward for married couples in New York, regardless of whether the parentage is already legally recognized by NY State! This law “fixes” the issue many LGBTQ married couples were experiencing because many

Tips for Successful New Partner Integration into the Family

We often hear about the "evil stepmother " or the militaristic overly disciplinarian stepfather or the concern that parents will be replaced. New partners, however, can make a positive impact on the family and may enhance the child's life rather than detracting.

How The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act Affects a Divorcing Couple

Sweeping changes were made to the tax code effective in 2018. Contrary to tax simplification as original espoused, there are sections of the law that are quite complicated. You are advised to ask your tax preparer how this new tax law may effect your own tax return. Tax rates, tax brackets, and the standard deduction

When’s Your Anniversary?

LGBTQ folks have always differed on when to celebrate their anniversary. That is because our relationships have not been sanctioned. Some people date their anniversary to their first date. Others celebrate on the date they first slept together. And now with marriage equality, some people can "officially" celebrate the date of their marriage. But when

Go High

Michelle Obama repeatedly said “when they go low, we go high” to try to preserve dignity during the last election. Now that we are into the new administration, we need to keep this philosophy in our minds. We may feel powerless and fearful every day when we hear or read the news and assess the

Should I Rent or Own?

 Here is a common couple’s dilemma. Toby and Linda married in 2005 and bought a house together. Both names were on the deed and mortgage. They married in 2012 and had two children together. They decided to separate a few years later. Is owning the house or renting in either or both of their futures?

Same-Sex Divorce

The Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, guarantees that same sex couples have the right to marry and the right to recognition of their marriages throughout the United States. More and more gay and lesbian couples are getting married... and with marriage, comes divorce. Since same-sex marriage is relatively new, same-sex divorce is also