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Old 23.11.2015, 03:18
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The nitty gritty details of same-sex US/Swiss marriage

Hi all, apologies if this has been covered-- I did a few searches but I couldn't find what I'm after.

I'm an American living in the USA.

My fiance and soon-to-be-husband is a Swiss man living in Zurich.

We're thinking of getting hitched ;-) which I understand is a "registered partnership" in Switzerland.

I'm trying to figure out answers to these questions:
  • Does the US federal gov't recognize a "registered partnership" as a marraige?
  • Does the IRS recognize it, for tax purposes?
  • What about the state of California? (Is it different?)
  • Is it better for us to get maried in the US and have it recognized in CH, or to get married in CH and recognized here (is that possible), or get married in both places?
  • Etc. :-)

I am mainly looking for a referral to a lawyer (presumably one who will be in Switzerland, ideally in Zurich) that is well-versed in these issues. And/or if anyone here in the forums has any advice or answers, I'd sure appreciate it.

I've done a bit of research on the process of actually getting married and I understand the basics (documentation required, forms to fill out, etc). But it's hard enough to figure out the "right answers" with marriage in this situation, and then once you add the same-sex twist (and the fact that legally, we would not be getting married per se in Switzerland), and trying to figure out how the US government will look at our situation, it's just one more layer of complexity. ;-)

THANK YOU for any tips or referrals! Much appreciated.

best
Eric
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Re: The nitty gritty details of same-sex US/Swiss marriage

Just to add one thing I've learned-- Swiss registered partnerships are not recognized in the US as legal marriages. If I get an RP with my Swiss boyfriend, it's similar to being married... but if we want the US to consider us married, we would have to have a new wedding in the USA. A bit of info for anyone else wondering about this.
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Re: The nitty gritty details of same-sex US/Swiss marriage

For anyone else needing legal advice for gay men in Switzerland, there is pink cross:
http://www.pinkcross.ch/recht/rechtsberatung
The link is in German, or in French, but there is a telephone number and a mail address, and it'd be worth writing or calling to at least ask if they provide information in or translation into English. Whether or not they do is likely to depend on their volunteers at the time.
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For anyone else needing legal advice for gay men in Switzerland, there is pink cross:
http://www.pinkcross.ch/recht/rechtsberatung
The link is in German, or in French, but there is a telephone number and a mail address, and it'd be worth writing or calling to at least ask if they provide information in or translation into English. Whether or not they do is likely to depend on their volunteers at the time.
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