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My New Article: Lesbian Parentage; Saving the Family from Future Pain

Posted on November 24, 2010 at 1:31 AM

Lesbian Parentage; Saving the Family from Future Pain


As of late I have had the sad experience of encountering a number of cases in which one parent lost their children upon removal of the children from the state by the bio-mom. Though I have written about this in the past it seems that the LGBT community has not taken heed to my warnings. Therefore, I find it necessary to write about it again.


I ask that you please give this information serious consi...

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New Article: Perry et al v. Schwarzenegger.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Perry et al v. Schwarzenegger, also known as Prop8 litigation.

I was asked to write an article summarizing thiscase. To understand the case one must first understand who the parties are and what their positions have been throughout these proceedings. So, this is where I will begin.

The original Plaintiffs in the underlying Trial Court case are Kristin Perry, Sandra Stier, Paul Katam and Jeffrey Zarrillo. These Plaintiffs filed a Complaint for declar...

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International Family Law Updates

Posted on August 26, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Japan: Single-Father Households Receive Government Support, Like Single-Mother Households

Aug. 24, 2010: Japan's Amended Child Rearing Allowance Law (Law No.40 of 2010) became effective on August 1, 2010. Now, single-father households may receive the same allowance from the government accorded to single-mother households. The Child Rearing Allowance Law had excluded single-father households from the low-income households qualified to receive a child-rea...

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Non-Married/Registered Couples or Cohabitants

Posted on July 19, 2010 at 11:45 AM

By Rivka Israel, Esq. Family Legal Ease: Originally Published in July 2010


Not every couple who live together get married or register as domestic partners. Some people live together and have close relationships without any romantic ties at all. Others have romantic relationships without formalization. In California, non-marital/registered cohabitation does not, in itself, confer rights on either party. Legal rights such as community property, partner support, medical d...

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California LGBT Growing Families: Assisted Reproduction

Posted on May 26, 2010 at 11:05 PM

By Rivka Israel, Esq. Family Legal Ease

Published in the Lavender Lens magazine Issue #115, May 2010


Unlike most Heterosexual couples, LGBT couples cannot have children without specific intent and effort and some sort of outside assistance or adoption. LGBT couples, in fact, put a lot of thought and effort into becoming parents. Having gone through all that trouble to become a parent, it would be a tragedy for either partner to lose their legal standing and involvemen...

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Marriage and Domestic Partnership, Application

Posted on March 9, 2010 at 2:55 AM

By Rivka Israel, Esq. Family Legal Ease

Whether you are married or Registered Domestic Partners, some of the Family Law now relates to you.  Some still doesn’t.  If that seems confusing to you, it is.  As a state-recognized committed couple you must now file your State tax returns as married persons, either Married Filing Jointly or Married Filing Separately. You cannot file your tax returns as Single or Head of Household any longer. There are some...

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What a rollercoaster, what does it all mean?

Posted on March 2, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Since my last article, both good and bad news in the legal arena regarding equal rights for the relationships of same-sex couples has continued to develop. While other states continue to recognize the civil rights aspect the Marriage issue and pass law permitting same-sex couples to marry, our state is lagging.  Even worse, the Supreme Court decision of May 26, 2009, clearly reflects serious problems with the California law making process.

Let me explain; in the detaile...

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California: Introduction to Marriage and Family Court.

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 5:39 PM

**Note - Originally published October 2008

By Rivka Israel, Esq.

Now that marriage is possibly on the horizon for many of the GLBTcommunity, the community should have a basic understanding of the law as it relates to marriage. I get many questions that reflect how little people really know or understand about marriage in California. In this article I will attempt to clarify some popular misconceptions and provide a basic understanding of the institution of ...

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California Registered Domestic Partnership: To Register or Not, That is the Question! A Brief Introduction.

Posted on December 6, 2009 at 10:09 PM

Q:    What is “Registered Domestic Partnership” inCalifornia?

A:    California finally recognized and granted rights to Registered Domestic Partners by passing the Domestic Partners Rights and Responsibilities Act of 2003.  California classifies “domestic partners” as “two adults who have chosen to share one another’s lives in an intimate and committed relationship of mutual caring.”  In order ...

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California Registered Domestic Partnerships: Children.

Posted on December 6, 2009 at 10:07 PM


The area I find to be of most concern with the new Domestic Partnership laws pertains to our children.  Many Same-Sex couples have the misconception that the current state of the law provides them with security in the parentage, and therefore custody, of their children. This misconception can lead to serious complications for the children of these couples in the future. 

As discussed briefly in my prior article, per the Family Code section 297 et...

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