Same-Sex Unmarried Pitfalls

Same-Sex Couples (unmarried) Are Legal Strangers

Unmarried same-sex couples need to protect themselves and their partners from interference by other people, including family members.  Here is a partial list of the areas in which unmarried same-sex couples are treated as legal strangers:

  • Burial or cremation
  • Claim to the body
  • Organ donation
  • Medical decisions regarding treatment and providers
  • Hospital and nursing home visitation
  • Child custody, support, and visitation
  • Wrongful death
  • Property division and support when relationship terminates
  • Inheritance

Also, Social Security and Veterans’ benefits are not payable to the survivor.  And most pension and retirement plans restrict survivor benefits to a “surviving spouse”.

If you are in unmarried same-sex partnership, it is essential to create a life and estate plan.

Call the Law Offices of Debra G. Simms at 386.256.4882 to learn more.

This blog post is not case-specific and is provided only for educational purposes and is not intended to provide specific legal advice. Blog topics may or may not be updated and entries may be out-of-date at the time you view them.

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