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Legally Married Same Sex Couples May Now File Joint Bankruptcy

Although equal rights for same sex couples still have a long way to go, progress is being made.  Although same sex couples are still not allowed to marry in many states, they can now file bankruptcy.  In order to do so the couple must be legally married in a state or nation that allows gay and...

What the Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA Means for Same Sex Couples?

If you are married and live in New York or any of the other 13 jurisdictions in the United States that recognize same-sex marriages*, the death of Section 3 of DOMA (the Defense Of Marriage Act) means that, if you are a married gay or lesbian couple, you will enjoy all of the rights and...

Student Loans and Bankruptcy

As a bankruptcy attorney in New York City, I meet many people in all kinds of debt.  Since I began practicing bankruptcy law in the 1980’s, one area of debt has increased dramatically -- student loan debt.  During the 1980’s and most of the 1990’s, student loan debt was not a big problem, because...