Seeking financial union

Same-sex couples can tackle legal obstacles
to their money-saving efforts with
proper planning

Paul Albergo and John Edwards share goals common to most long-term partners - with financial security high on their list - but getting there will be tougher for the gay Washington, D.C., couple since laws favor traditional husband-wife households.

"The ... laws are horrendously unfair and biased toward the married couple," said Martin M. Shenkman, a Teaneck, N.J., attorney.

His advice to all domestic partners, especially same-sex couples, who unlike heterosexuals, can't qualify as common-law spouses in states recognizing such marriages: Leave nothing to chance; put it all in writing ... just in case.

For more on how unmarried couples can reach their money-saving goals, read the Money Monday section in today's Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

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