Seminar on Rights of Unmarried Couples
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WESTERN HOSTS SEMINAR ON RIGHTS OF UNMARRIED COUPLES
St. Joseph, Mo. - March 24, 2011- Missouri Western State University will host a legal seminar on the rights of lesbian, gay and other unmarried couples from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 in Agenstein Hall room 124. The seminar is free and open to the public.
''Without marriage, numerous problems exist for same sex and other unmarried couples,'' said David Tushaus, chair of Western's department of criminal justice and legal studies. ''This seminar will address those issues and offer ideas for protecting those rights through other legal means.''
Topics to be covered include medical information and decision-making, financial information and decision-making, the death of one partner and ''divorce'' what happens to children, assets, debts and support when an unmarried couple breaks up.
The seminar will be presented by Kay Madden, partner in the Kansas City law firm of Slough, Connealy, Irwin and Madden. Madden is a family-law attorney, specializing in assisting those in gay and lesbian relationships.
Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and professional degree programs. The university offers student-centered, high quality instruction that focuses on experience-based learning, community service, and state-of-the-art technology. Western is located in St. Joseph, Mo., and is committed to the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the region it serves. Visit www.missouriwestern.edu.