Divorce, Dissolution, and Consensual Dispute Resolution: Resolving Same-Sex Issues
Date: Friday, March 8, 2013
Format: Live Webinar
Duration: 90 minutes
1:00 PM-2:30 PM Eastern
12:00 PM-1:30 PM Central
11:00 AM-12:30 PM Mountain
10:00 AM-11:30 AM Pacific
This program is part of the Emerging Issues in LGBT Law Series. Please click here to learn more about the series and how to register for individual programs.
Same gender families face many obstacles when they attempt the legal dissolution of relationships. Legal recognition varies greatly from state to state, as does access to divorce and other dissolution procedures. In many jurisdictions, parents may face the legal reality that they are not, in fact, legal parents. Preferential federal tax treatment available to heterosexual divorcing couples is unavailable to same gender couples. Litigation is often poorly suited to their needs, if not unjust.
This program will address how consensual dispute resolution methods—like mediation and Collaborative Practice—can assist these couples and whether is this preferable to litigation. Our speakers will also discuss the differing state laws, best practices, and give an overview of the options available to same gender couples, including traditional litigation.
Research Director & Professor and Director of the Center
for Public Policy and Administration
The Williams Institute & University of Massachusetts Amherst
Kauffman Crozier LLP
Charles Spiegel, Esq.
Charles Spiegel Law
San Francisco, CA
Alan H. Boudreau (Moderator)
Attorney - Mediator - Collaborative Lawyer
Law Office of Alan H. Boudreau LLC
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