Even though the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of marriage equality for gay couples, every state does not have uniform laws regarding other aspects of family law. When a New York resident is facing a same-sex divorce with minor children in the home, there are several matters to take into consideration. Taking proactive steps early may preserve one's parenting rights later.
Obtaining the legal right to marry was a milestone for you and others in the LGBT community. Whether you and your future spouse waited for the right moment to celebrate your union or you only recently met the person with whom you want to spend the rest of your life, preparing for your marriage is just as important -- if not more so -- than planning for your wedding.
It is a fact that everyone will have to face their own mortality. That being said, it is estimated that only 40 percent of older residents have plans in place to protect their wealth or health. Many people feel intimated by the idea of estate planning as it seems overwhelming. New York residents do have access to many tools and professionals who can help them draft these important documents.
For many couples, the dream of becoming parents may only be possible through adoption. Adoptive parents come in all forms, including those families comprised of same-sex couples. Though New York has laws in place that protect the rights of these residents to seek adoption, not every state is proactive.
Those who hope to rebuild their lives in this country have limited choices when it comes to seeking a visa. For some foreign investors, the EB-5 visa can provide them with the opportunity to invest in a real estate project while securing the possibility of applying for a coveted green card. Unfortunately, there are many reports of these investment projects being nothing more than EB-5 fraud that has robbed many New York residents of their money and jeopardized their immigration dreams.