Before I Do: A Legal Guide to Marriage, Gay and Otherwise

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5.4 X 8.1 X 0.6 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author
Elizabeth F. Schwartz has been practicing law since 1997 and is one of Florida s best known advocates for the legal rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Her practice focuses on family formation (adoption, insemination, and surrogacy), divorce, estate planning, and probate. Schwartz lives in Miami."
Praise for Before I Do:
"This book is essential for LGBT couples as they explore the practicalities and legalities of a civil union and it's well rounded enough that straight couples may find it useful as well."
--Library Journal (starred)

"During my thirty years of covering the gay beat for the Miami Herald, never did I imagine the need for a marriage guide for LGBT couples. Yet today nothing is more urgent. Before I Do guides all couples, gay and otherwise, about the responsibilities of marriage. Ignore it at your peril."
--Steve Rothaus, The Miami Herald

"Anyone in a relationship should read this book! Schwartz lays out the laws that affect relationships with stunning clarity and brevity, and her humor, humanity, and graphics make it a compelling read."
--Mary Bonauto, Civil Rights Project Director, GLAD

"Elizabeth Schwartz's new book is a must-read for couples who are thinking about marrying and want to get it right."
--Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York

"Few decisions are more consequential than marriage. Before marrying, there are a few legal questions you should ask to give your 'I do' the surest chance of longevity and satisfaction. Schwartz's book is the best insurance for your own 'happily ever after.'"
--Kate Kendell, Esq., executive director, National Center for Lesbian Rights

"LGBT lawyer Elizabeth Schwartz has written a colorful and comprehensive guide to marriage, using real-world examples from her legal case files, and including helpful contributions by experts in the field. Her book covers every conceivable aspect of matrimony, including the choice not to marry. Any couple--straight or gay--would benefit from reading Before I Do before saying "I do.""
--Amy Dickinson, "Ask Amy" syndicated advice columnist

"At last, a sensible guide to practical issues facing all couples considering marriage. Schwartz tackles tough issues that too many couples avoid discussing and offers sensible advice that can be helpful to anyone in a relationship--however that may be defined."
--Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt