After waiting a lifetime to get married and say “I do,” who could blame senior gay couples for racing to the altar? However, a recent Sun Sentinel article has brought attention to this issue. Retirement experts have said that many of these love birds should do a reality check before embarking on their marriage because marrying can bring pitfalls as well as benefits, particularly for older adults. There are many practical legal rights married couples face including inheritance rights, next of kin designation, tax status and eligibility for benefits such as disability payments and government-subsidized nursing homes. Decisions for all marriages should be based on facts and implications rather than simply excitement, and it is important for couples to remember this.
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