North Carolina No Longer Recognizes Second Parent Adoptions
On December 21, 2010, the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled that second parent adoptions are no longer legal in that state, and that all second parent adoptions granted in the past are also void.
Care.Com Series of Articles Highlights Nolo’s Nanny Guide
Care.com, an online service that helps people find caregivers, recently published the following series of articles to help parents find nannies or vice versa.
Same-Sex Marriage is the Law in California
After SCOTUS dismissed the Hollingsworth v. Perry Prop. 8 case on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, most legal experts concluded...
The Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA's Definition of Marriage
Today’s historic SCOTUS ruling marks a monumental step in the marriage equality movement.
Gay Marriage to Resume in California
Today the Supreme Court dismissed the Prop. 8 case, Hollingsworth v. Perry, on a legal technicality.
Same-Sex Marriage is Legal in 12 States
In the first two weeks of May, the legislatures in Rhode Island, Delaware and Minnesota voted to legalize gay marriage.
No Publication Required for California Name Changes Related to Gender Transition
Effective July 1, 2014, any Californian who goes to court to change his or her change to conform to his or her gender identity is not required to publish notice of the proposed change.
How to Change Your Name in California: Instructions for the Civil Case Cover Sheet
The 14th edition of How to Change Your Name in California contains a printed form, the Civil Case Cover Sheet, but the form is not filled out. This update instructs readers on how to complete it.
Changing Gender on a California Birth Certificate Gets Easier
The process of changing the gender on a California birth certificate has gotten easier because of a law (Cal. Health & Safety Code section 103426), which became effective on Jan. 1, 2014.
Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal in the United States
Same-sex marriage is now legal across the U.S..
New York Expands Definition of Parent for Unmarried Couples
In New York, children may have a second parent not related to them by blood, adoption, or marriage.