The institution of marriage affords heterosexual relationships automatic protections. Individuals in LGBT relationships lack these protections and therefore must take proactive steps to safeguard their families' interests. This seminar will explore the legal steps and documentation necessary and useful for strengthening the legal protection for all parties, including children. Among other things, the program will discuss second parent adoption, estate and financial planning as well as dissolution issues. The program will also discuss the legal ramifications for LGBT families who get married in other jurisdictions but continue to reside in New York.