From big cities to small rural towns, from urban Connecticut to the far reaches of northern Maine, same-sex couples and their families are an integral part of the New England landscape. Legal recognition of same-sex relationships, however, is not as universal, varying from place to place and situation to situation.
After DOMA: Information for Married Same-Sex Couples
The fall of DOMA means that many married same-sex couples can access the spousal benefits provided by the federal government through its many programs. However, married same-sex couples, living in states that do not recognize their marriage, may not have access to the spousal benefits of some federal programs. Same-sex couples who are in a civil union or registered domestic partnership and are living in a state that recognizes their relationship may have access to Social Security spousal benefits, but not to the benefits offered to spouses by other federal programs.
For information about specific federal programs go to: After DOMA: Information for Married Same-Sex Couples
Domestic Partnership Benefits Overview
An overview of the rights accorded to those who are in domestic partnerships.
Legal Planning for Same-Sex Couples
A brief overview of some legal issues for LGBT couples when they begin estate planning.
Property Division Issues in Non-Marital Relationships
Provides a list of case law relevant to property division issues in non-marital relationships.