Since the United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the country, many more New York couples decided to take the plunge and enjoy all of the federal benefits afforded to any married couple. For some, this includes making use of federal immigration laws that allow same-sex spouses who came from another country to seek a green card and eventually citizenship.
The decision to adopt is never one that is entered into without much thought and preparation. No matter whether the potential parents are in a heterosexual or same-sex relationship, the end goal is to provide a child in need with a loving and nurturing family. Though New York has its own laws regarding same-sex adoption, there are still agencies that oppose these parents.
Many people dread the idea of contemplating what happens after they have passed. However, even if one has settled on his or her final wishes and has a plan in place, this is not a one-and-done task because plans often need updating whenever there are changes to tax laws or one experiences major life changes. New York residents who need assistance with estate planning may wish to consult with professionals.
For many foreign nationals, the dream of obtaining a visa to live in the United States seems to be nearly impossible. Though there are a variety of visa programs, quotas and other restrictions make the process difficult at times. Unfortunately, there are times when an opportunity seems to present itself but ends in disappointment when a developer winds up facing accusations of committing EB-5 fraud. Though there are many projects in New York that have come to fruition through this investment visa, not every opportunity is a sound investment.
The State department has been accused of being slow to respond to the changes in the marriage laws that gave legal recognition to gay and lesbian couples. According to those committed to reforming the immigration laws regarding same-sex families, the federal agency has refused to adapt some of its laws regarding how citizenship is conferred to children born abroad. There are likely many New York residents who have struggled to obtain coveted documents due to outdated regulations.
In January of this year, it was reported in this blog that a woman had petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the case of paternity rights for a divorced gay couple. The justices recently announced that they were declining to hear this case, though they did not provide any additional comments as to why it was refused. Though New York has laws regarding paternity rights in matters relating to artificial insemination as well as same-sex marriages, the decision may be seen as a victory for gay and state rights.
After winning the right to marry in 2015, many same-sex couples gained rights previously only available to married couples of the opposite sex. Tax breaks, health insurance and many other benefits of marriage made life easier for numerous couples overnight.