LGBT divorce or dissolution of civil unions or domestic partnerships in New Jersey: The end of a relationship that both partners once fully expected would last a lifetime can be traumatic and often presents immediate practical issues concerning financial support (alimony) or care of children. While the same types of issues confront all couples ending relationships, resolving the issues in a same-sex divorce and dissolution may require special skill and knowledge in interpreting and applying the law concerning parenting, property division and partner / spousal support.
Our attorneys know how to protect your rights, safeguard your children, your assets, and your future. We are dedicated to supporting the legal relationship rights of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender) individuals and couples, and we are experienced in handling all aspects of terminating same-sex relationships, regardless of the legal form of the relationship. Whether your relationship is a same-sex marriage, a civil union or a domestic partnership, we can guide you through the appropriate process and help you safeguard your future.
Dissolution of a Civil Union or Domestic Partnership
New Jersey began recognizing registered domestic partnerships with limited rights in 2004 and civil unions in 2007. Couples ending a civil union or domestic partnership follow the same process as divorcing couples, including filing a complaint for dissolution and a case information statement, participating in case management conferences, and sometimes engaging in formal discovery.
New Jersey civil union couples have all the same state legal rights and benefits as married couples and will therefore face the same types of issues when ending a relationship. Domestic partners share fewer legal rights and may therefore face fewer issues, but the procedure is still the same.
For more information about forms of legal intimate partnership in New Jersey, see: LGBT Marriages, Civil Unions, and Domestic Partnerships.
For more information, on parenting issues in same-sex relationships see:
Parental Rights in Assisted Reproduction
Psychological Parenting Doctrine in New Jersey
Ending a Civil Union or Domestic Partnership Out-of-State
Several states besides New Jersey recognize civil unions and domestic partnerships, although many other states do not. Even among states that do recognize such partnerships there is a lack of uniformity. These circumstances could result in New Jersey civil union and domestic partnership couples having difficulty in ending their relationships out-of-state. If this is a concern for you, contact a New Jersey family law attorney for additional information.
If you are seeking to same-sex divorce, or wish to dissolve a civil union or domestic partnership, or if you believe that your partner may be seeking to end your relationship, our New Jersey family law attorneys can guide you through the process and answer all of your questions, so that you are better able to make positive decisions for yourself and your family during this difficult transition.