What is a Special Master?
How does mediation work in my divorce?
What is Community Property?
What is an AFI? How is it used in my case?
Arbitration vs. Trial
Why does my spouse have an interest in my separate business?
Does my spouse's affair have an impact on my divorce case?
Parenting Time in Arizona - What Does it Mean?
If I won my case, why do I need to worry about an appeal?
What is a Parenting Coordinator and Why Do We Need One?
What is arbitration?
What are the advantages of mediation?
How much will I receive in spousal maintenance?
Do same sex couples have the same legal rights as other couples?
What are the steps of an appeal?
What is Opting Out?
How is litigation involving spouses handled in Arizona?
Is a trial my only option during a divorce?
Fighting for Education Rights: Equal Justice for Pregnant and Parenting Students
Who pays attorney fees in a divorce proceeding?
On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that states must license and recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex. Despite being a landmark decision affecting same sex couples whose...more
Same-sex Marriage Now Legal in All 50 States -
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If you have been paying attention to the headlines, you might have noticed that a lot has been happening in the labor and employment world recently. Here are our top 5...more
In separate actions yesterday, CMS and the New York State insurance regulatory authority took steps to (a) assure equal treatment of same-sex spouses by hospitals and (b) insurance coverage of medically necessary transgender...more
The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional in United States v. Windsor prompted many businesses to review and revise their employee benefit plans. However, the...more
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Law No.2013-404 dated May 17, 2013, (the Law) allowed same-sex couples to get married and to adopt children, through either the mutual adoption of a child or the adoption of the same-sex spouse’s biological or adopted child....more
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On June 27, 2014, the IRS published a letter outlining the steps taxpayers should take in order to obtain a refund for taxes paid on the value of employer-sponsored health coverage provided to an employee’s same-sex spouse....more
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The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (“HHS”) announced last week that same-sex married couples can now qualify for Medicare Part A and Part B special enrollment periods and reductions in late enrollment penalties....more
On March 14, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance clarifying the final regulations implementing Section 2702 of the Public Health Service Act...more
In the summer of 2013, the Supreme Court issued a decision in U.S. v. Windsor, striking down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and eliminating the requirement that federal law recognize only marriages...more
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In its latest addition to guidance concerning the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") has issued Notice 2014-1 to address certain issues relating to...more
The Internal Revenue Service has published a new notice that addresses specific questions on how the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor, recognizing same-sex marriage, affects elections and contributions under...more
The Ninth Circuit Judicial Council, an administrative body that reviews decisions of the court’s chief judge, recently weighed in on an issue involving same-sex domestic partner health benefits in the post-Windsor world. The...more
Since the Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor holding the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") to be unconstitutional, and the related guidance issued thereafter by the Internal Revenue Service certain questions...more
Action by December 31st Required for Safe Harbor -
Yesterday, the IRS issued specific guidance on how employers can address issues arising from the change in tax treatment for same-sex spouses under cafeteria plans. ...more
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