Same Sex Common Law Marriage Benefits Victory in Pennsylvania

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PA. (June 15, 2016) (Press Release): Attorneys Steven Lupin, Lisa Shearman, and Joseph Catuzzi of the Montgomery County law firm Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin secured a significant legal victory for Kathryn V. Ward (“Ginny”), the surviving spouse of a same-sex relationship. Following an evidentiary hearing to determine if the requirements of common law marriage were satisfied, Judge Lois E. Murphy of the Montgomery County Orphan’s Court issued an Order that, “Kathryn V. Ward and Elaine M. Brim entered into a valid and enforceable marriage under the common laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania . . . and Kathryn V. Ward, as surviving spouse is entitled to all the spousal rights and benefits that are afforded to legally married individuals under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”




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