Advising the Evolving Family

Product ID: AK0438E02
Published By: State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE
ISBN: 978-1-57862-615-1

As times have changed, so have families. In 1970, 70% of the U.S. population was married. In 2017 that number fell to 48%. Along with the steady decline of marriage numbers, more people are cohabitating without marriage – a number that has increased by 29% from 2007 to 2016.

At the same time, LGBTQ couples are embracing marriage. More than 60% of cohabitating same-sex couples are married. And rates of step-parent and second-parent adoption and surrogacy are also on the rise. The “traditional” family of a mom, dad, two biological kids, and a dog is no longer the rule or the majority.

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As times have changed, so have families. In 1970, 70% of the U.S. population was married. In 2017 that number fell to 48%. Along with the steady decline of marriage numbers, more people are cohabitating without marriage – a number that has increased by 29% from 2007 to 2016.

At the same time, LGBTQ couples are embracing marriage. More than 60% of cohabitating same-sex couples are married. And rates of step-parent and second-parent adoption and surrogacy are also on the rise. The “traditional” family of a mom, dad, two biological kids, and a dog is no longer the rule or the majority.

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196+pp.; 2nd ed. revised 2021-2022

Foreword

About the Authors

How to Cite This Book

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

2 Family Formation and Protection for Gay and Lesbian Couples

3 Wisconsin's Domestic Partnership Registries

4 Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples

5 Legal and Equitable Claims at Termination of the Unmarried Relationship

Index

The 2021–2022 revision includes a number of changes, such as the following:

  • In a 2020 opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit considered the treatment of same-sex and different-sex spouses in matters of their children’s legal parentage and birth certificates
  • Discussions of recent cases in federal courts involving birthright citizenship of children born abroad through assisted reproductive technology
  • Individuals who want to avoid probate might consider using transfer-on-death designations for certain assets
  • In a 2019 opinion, the Wisconsin Supreme Court provided guidance on the legal burden necessary to overcome a fit parent’s wishes regarding a third party’s visitation with a child

 

In addition, all citations in all chapters have been updated.

State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE® is the premier publisher of practice guides and handbooks for Wisconsin's attorneys, written by Wisconsin's attorneys. PINNACLE relies on the expertise and contributions of volunteers from within the State Bar of Wisconsin membership to help develop and deliver timely, relevant information to assist Wisconsin's attorneys provide the highest-quality representation and service.

About the Authors

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