Expansion of Federal Benefits to Married Same-Sex Couples

Although states have been approving legal same-sex marriages one by one, federal law has been slower to recognize benefits afforded traditional married couples under federal law for same-sex couples, such as Social Security benefits, federal pensions, veteran's benefits, and medical leave benefits. 

On Friday the Obama administration approved a number of new measures that will allow, for example, work leave for all married couples to care for a sick spouse, regardless of gender.

Many of these benefits will apply even in states where same-sex marriage is not legal. However, there are still a number of exceptions to the types of benefits extended even in states where same-sex marriage is already legal.

To see the complete Seattle Times article, click here.

To find out more about marriage, divorce, division of property and division of benefits, email one of our experienced family law attorneys, Laurie Ummel or Geoff Gibbs.

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