Laws affecting LGBT couples are changing rapidly, and while its an exciting time for all gay and lesbian partners, keeping up with the myriad ways the shifting legal landscape touches your family life can be daunting. Fortunately, this practical guide is updated with the latest legal information and legislation that will help you and your same-sex partner protect and exercise your rights, and make sound decisions as a couple. A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples covers these important subjects, and many more: making practical decisions about living together planning for medical emergencies -- making medical decisions for one another and taking care of each others finances when one partner is incapacitated domestic partner benefits and how to obtain them buying property together providing for each other upon death practical and legal aspects of having and raising children marriage laws for all 50 states