Civil Unions, Same-Sex Relationships, & Domestic Partnerships
Civil Unions/Same-Sex Relationships/Domestic Partnerships
Phone: 856.428.8334 ext. 230
Comprehensive legal advice on NJ civil unions/same-sex relationships agreements and registration, including adoption, estate planning & wills
New Jersey recognized legal civil unions/same-sex relationships beginning in 2004, giving same sex and opposite sex (62 and older) partners the same rights and responsibilities enjoyed by married couples, including property rights, child custody and retirement / healthcare benefits. In 2007, New Jersey also became the third state to offer civil unions/same-sex relationships, which gives gay couples many of the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts in marriage. The consequences of this act are a boon to couples unable to marry legally. It is important to remember, however, that this act carries with it some of the responsibilities of a married couple, leading to unintended consequences for individuals unaware of the full extent of their support and property obligations. It is also important for gay couples to consider that differing federal laws and the laws of other states, should they move, carry significant consequences as relates to civil unions.
As part of our extensive Family Law practice for our clients, the attorneys at Adinolfi & Lieberman, P.A.,, can develop, prepare and implement comprehensive, legally sound civil unions/same-sex relationships agreements prior to official civil unions/same-sex relationships registration. Like a pre or postnuptial agreement for married couples, civil unions/same-sex relationships agreements could answer questions of child custody, financial obligations and tax issues in advance of registration, thus avoiding costly litigation upon the potential dissolution of the relationship. Stepparent adoptions are often a necessary part of a civil union legal plan should the couple ever decide to move out of the state of New Jersey, where potentially civil unions are not recognized legally.
Civil unions/same-sex relationships agreements and registration are not only for same-sex couples, however. Cohabitating partners over the age of 62 may also register in order to preserve healthcare and retirement benefits and to protect property and assets that might be loss upon remarriage. A lawyer from the Haddonfield offices of Adinolfi & Lieberman, P.A., can provide preemptive counseling prior to registration and will advise you on you rights, your options and the possible consequences of your decisions. We believe that an informed client is best equipped to make choices that are in their own best interest, and we will provide personal service, clear communication and prompt, confidential handling of all inquiries.
For a review of the benefits and pitfalls of New Jersey civil unions/same-sex relationships agreements and registration, please contact the Haddonfield law offices of Adinolfi & Lieberman, P.A., for an initial consultation with an experienced Family Law attorney.
Please Contact Cheryl Betten, our Firm Administrator, at our Haddonfield offices by dialing 856.428.8334 x 230, and she will gladly schedule an initial consultation for you with one of our experienced Family Lawyers after a conflicts check is performed. An experienced and highly credentialed New Jersey Divorce Lawyer is available today to discuss your immediate legal needs.
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A family law attorney from the Haddonfield, NJ offices of Adinolfi & Lieberman, P.A., can provide legal advice and representation to clients throughout Southern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, Lumberton, Mount Holly, Pemberton, Cinnaminson, Pennsauken, Riverside, Voorhees, Moorestown, Mullica Hill, Princeton, Marlton, Medford, Washington Township, Woodbury, Princeton, Trenton, Mt. Laurel, Atlantic City and all of Gloucester, Burlington and Camden County.