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If you live in one of the states that recognizes same-sex marriage, whether you and your partner should take the plunge depends on many factors -- including whether you have (or plan to have) children, how you feel about joint ownership of property, whether you want to go through a formal court process (divorce) if you break up, how your state and federal tax liabilities will change once you're married, to name just a few. Keep in mind, now that the federal government recognizes same-sex marriages, you'll need to focus on both state and federal law. To learn more, see Nolo's articles Same-Sex Marriage Pros and Cons and Federal Marriage Benefits Available to Same-Sex Couples. See also Nolo's book Making it Legal: A Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Domestic Partnerships, and Civil Unions, by Frederick Hertz with Emily Doskow.