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Same-Sex Partners Archives

Legal assistance for same-sex couples

Same-sex couples have always been able to benefit from the help of family law attorneys, though the need for legal advice certainly increased back in 2013 when same-sex marriage was officially legalized in the state. With same-sex marriage now legalized all across the country, there are many additional legal questions that are being raised about same-sex marriage and its place in the law.

Public opinion on same-sex marriage is diverse

Same-sex marriage may have been legalized across the country by the Supreme Court, but that does not mean that the battle is over. There are many legal ramifications still being played out in many different states and the question of religious beliefs is still pervasive in the minds of many. Understandably, there are many who are curious about how the country is handling same-sex marriage. Questions of religious belief and widespread acceptance are still quite pervasive in the United States.

Family law assistance for same-sex couples

Family law has always played a significant role in the lives of New Jersey families, with issues such as divorce and child custody being tackled in courts in an effort to provide fair legal separation. In recent years, an entirely new demographic has come to need family law: same-sex couples. New Jersey is proud to recognize the union of same-sex couples, but of course with marriage comes the possibility of divorce.

Civil Unions in New Jersey

Same-sex marriage is an extremely hot topic in our country at the moment, with support for same-sex marriages growing, and more and more states legalizing the practice. While same-sex marriage is not technically legal in New Jersey, our state does recognize civil unions, which are family units which essentially treats same-sex couples the same way as married heterosexual couples under the law. This includes the rights that straight couples in a marriage must abide by.

Same-sex couples face unique difficulties during a divorce

Many New Jersey couples are basically aware of the many difficult issues that need to be resolved in the event of a divorce. Yet, the unique issues that arise when same-sex couples decide to dissolve their marriage are less clear, in large party due to the relatively small body of case law pertaining to these nontraditional partnerships in New Jersey.

Can anyone register for a domestic partnership in NJ?

Couples who live as domestic partners in Atlantic City may be interested in forming a more legally binding union without becoming legally married. A domestic partnership filed with the courts might be helpful in attaining protection of assets and providing other benefits previously reserved only for those with marriage certificates.

Court rules in favor of same-sex stepparent visitation rights

On Aug. 6, a New Jersey court ruled in favor of a stepmother in a same-sex relationship who requested custody and visitation rights to the child she had spent several years co-parenting. According to the court, such rights should be granted if they are in the best interests of the child.

What same-sex couples with kids should consider when separating

What happens to children when New Jersey couples divorce is usually a complicated matter, but when parents are of the same sex circumstances can be even more complex. All divorcing parents must face custody issues and the question of child support, but same-sex couples also have to deal with state and federal laws regarding gay marriage and divorce. There are a few key considerations a parent in a same-sex couple should take into account when considering separation from their partner.

Appeals court reverses judges refusal to grant divorce

New Jersey residents concerned with issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights may be interested to hear the outcome of a court case involving the marriage and divorce of a couple where one individual completed gender reassignment surgery. In Indiana, where the case took place, same-sex marriage is illegal, and marriages from other states where it is lawful are not recognized. This led to a judge stating that the state would not grant a divorce to a couple who was originally married as a man and a woman because both members were of the same gender after the surgery and that the union was no longer recognized.

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