Somerset County Same-Sex Divorce Attorneys
Family Law Services for LGBTQ Families
In October of 2013, New Jersey recognized the right of same-sex couples to marry. Since then, thousands of same-sex couples have exercised that right. Of course, while every marriage begins with the best of intentions, there is no question that some marriages will end in divorce. Whether you are in a same-sex or opposite-sex marriage and are considering divorce, the fact is you need a lawyer to protect your rights.
At Shimalla, Wechsler, Lepp & D’Onofrio, LLP, we represent all people and families. We have experience with same-sex family law issues and understand the unique legal needs of LGBTQ families. Our Somerset County same-sex divorce lawyers have the experience needed to represent people in same-sex domestic partnerships, civil unions, and marriages.
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 for civil unions and same-sex marriages have brought about profound changes for thousands of individuals across the state.
As these changes have occurred, many individuals in civil unions or same-sex marriages 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, our Somerset County same-sex divorce lawyers can be instrumental to your family’s financial security and peace of mind.
Handling Complex Custody & Parenting Issues for LGBTQ Families
Depending on the facts of the case, there may be complexities for same-sex families that do not affect opposite-sex couples. When a child is born while a couple is married or in a civil union, each parent will be considered a legal parent of that child. Couples who did not marry or enter into a civil union prior to the birth may face legal challenges concerning their rights to the child. The non-birth parent may need an attorney’s help to protect their rights to custody and parenting time with the child if the couple separates.
Children of same-sex relationships may be biologically related to only one parent, a surrogate, or may be adopted. LGBT relationships 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.
You can trust in our team’s knowledge of all areas of family law, including the rapidly evolving laws regarding same-sex marriage and divorce. We will explore all reasonable solutions to the issues you may face, including child custody, parental rights, and parenting time.
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