The new Illinois Civil Union Law & what it means for real estate

by Joe Sesso on June 2, 2011

Yesterday, the Illinois civil union law took effect, giving same-sex and heterosexual couples the opportunity to be legally united. This now entitles partners to most of the same┬árights of married couples, such as health insurance and probate laws. It also means that if there is a divorce, partners are entitled to half of their spouse’s property. While this law is now enacted in Illinois, it still doesn’t cover Federal spousal statutes due to the Defense of Marriage Act. There are 1,138 federal rights and benefits that are based on the term “spouse,” including social security benefits and certain pension plans. Although there are current challenges to this Federal Law, it is presently a murky situation.

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