Same-Sex Couples in Missouri: Protecting Your Marriage and Your Interests

Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C. posted in From the Lawyer’s Desk on Wednesday, December 31, 2014.

By Susan E. Block

The same-sex marriage equality cases in Missouri and across the country are having a tremendous impact on couples. Many courts are taking the position that if a couple is married in another state, Missouri should give that marriage full faith and credit. This means that the Missouri couple may have many of the same benefits that they would have if they were a heterosexual couple married in another state.

It would be important to consult with an attorney who is experienced in dealing with issues that involve same-sex couples such as powers of attorney, health care directives, wills and trust, adoption, property division, and custody. Making decisions about where and how to file legal actions is a strategic one as not all courts are receptive to these matters.

This is a quickly evolving area of the law. Some issues such as filing joint tax returns are simpler; others such as filing for a dissolution of marriage are more complicated and require careful analysis and consideration. For assistance with these issues, the attorneys at Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C. can help.

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Susan E. Block

Susan E. Block

Susan Block returned to the practice of law after retiring as a Circuit Judge in 2004 with 25 years of judicial service. In her last judicial assignment, she was appointed to serve as the Administrative Judge of the Family Court with the authority to manage the policies and practices of this division, while maintaining a full caseload of abuse, neglect, delinquency and adoption matters. She uses this extensive experience in her practice, which includes juvenile and family law matters.
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