Civil Unions and Same-Sex Marriages and Divorce in New Jersey
The family law rights of the LGBT community have undergone rapid change in New Jersey in the last decade. In 2004, New Jersey granted same-sex couples the right to domestic partnerships. Individuals in domestic partnerships had limited rights, particularly compared with married individuals. In 2007, New Jersey enacted the rights to civil unions. With civil unions, individuals had more rights than in domestic partnerships. On October 21, 2013, New Jersey sanctioned same-sex marriage. These shifts in the law have brought on profound changes for thousands of individuals across the state.
As these changes have occurred, many individuals in civil unions or same-sex unions may not be completely certain of their rights and obligations. This can be especially true in cases involving the dissolution of a civil union or a divorce. If you have questions or concerns as to your rights, a lawyer will be instrumental.
At Shimalla, Wechsler, Lepp & D’Onofrio, LLP, our attorneys stay abreast of this evolving area of law. We bring a wealth of experience to addressing all aspects of terminating LGBT relationships, whether informal, based on long-term cohabitation, or recognized as a domestic partnership, civil union or marriage.
Taking On Custody And Parenting Time Issues
Children of same-sex relationships may be biologically related to only one parent, a surrogate or may be adopted. LGBT relationships of long duration that began prior to 2004, when there was no legal recognition of same-sex relationships, may require knowledgeable counsel to protect the rights of the parties and children involved. Whatever the specifics of your situation, you can take comfort knowing that we will strive to find a resolution that protects your children’s rights.
Contact Shimalla, Wechsler, Lepp & D’Onofrio, LLP
Call our office today at 908-922-4238 to arrange an appointment with one of our same-sex divorce attorneys in Warren Township, New Jersey. You may also contact us online. We represent clients across Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Union, Morris, Monmouth, Mercer, and Essex counties, and beyond.