Following the Supreme Court’s decision that all states must recognize and allow same-sex marriage, the legal landscape for lesbian and gay couples has made a seismic shift. Attorney Joyce Kauffman will discuss the impact of the Obergefell decision on the LGBT community. While we celebrate this ground-breaking decision, same-sex couples continue to face legal hurdles, not only in the recognition of relationships but in the determination of parentage and custody, the factors involved in determining an equitable division of assets, social security benefits, the potential for bigamy, the need to dissolve all prior legal relationships, and much, much more. And, just as with heterosexuals, not all same-sex couples will marry, requiring us to address the issues that will inevitably arise regarding property and, more importantly, children.
Joyce Kauffman, Esq. is a partner at Kauffman Crozier LLP in Cambridge, MA, where she practices in family law, co-parent adoption, and mediation, with an emphasis on legal issues affecting LGBT families. Attorney Kauffman is a member of the Board of Directors of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD); the National Family Law Advisory Council of the National Center for Lesbian Rights; and the Emeritus Board of Directors of Family Equality, a national organization advocating for the rights of LGBT families. She is past co-chair of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association and past chair of the Bar Association’s Family Law Section. Attorney Kauffman is the recipient of the Gwen Bloomingdale Pioneer Spirit Award, Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association, 2007; the Fisher Davenport Award, Family Pride Coalition and COLAGE, 2004; and the Barney Frank Award, Massachusetts School of Law, 2003. Attorney Kauffman has been selected for inclusion in New England’s Super Lawyers each year since 2008 and was selected by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as one of the Lawyers of the Year in 2009 and, in 2013, as one of the Top Women of Law. From 2013 to the present, she has been selected for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America." Kauffman Crozier LLP has been included as a first tier family law firm in Boston in U.S. News-Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” since 2014.
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