Your legal standing changes from state to state

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LEGAL ANALYSIS: Crossing The lines

Recently, my husband Richard, and I joined our niece for dinner in Philadelphia. Because we often cross the river from New Jersey into Philadelphia for dinner, to shop, to visit a museum or for business, our niece said to me, “Uncle Stephen, why don’t you move to Philadelphia?”

“Because,” I said, “Pennsylvania doesn’t respect our marriage. Every time Richard and I cross over this line into Philadelphia from New Jersey, our rights are taken away from us. We only get those rights back when we cross back over that line into New Jersey.”

Crossing the line is very common these days, particularly in a large metropolitan area such as  Philadelphia, or New York City. Most people never think twice about the differences between the laws of one state and another.