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Same-Sex Divorce

Same-Sex Divorce New Jersey

Why You Still May Need a New Jersey Same-Sex Divorce Lawyer 

Same-Sex Divorce New Jersey - Judge gavel deciding on marriage divorceThere’s a popular phrase that speaks to the LGBTQIA+ community with regards to matters of Pride: Love is love. We’d like to add, Divorce is divorce

When the United States Supreme Court ruled in 2015, in its landmark ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, that all fifty states in the U.S. had to license and recognize same-sex marriage, it also effectively did the same for divorce (of course, New Jersey was ahead of the curve, recognizing both in 2013). Whereas, prior, many same-sex divorces were the domain of domestic unions breaking up, civil partnerships ending, now divorce is divorce. In the state of New Jersey (a no-fault divorce state) what was once categorized as ‘same-sex divorce’ (the dissolution of a Court-recognized same-sex coupling) is now, well… divorce. 

Still a lawyer who understands the intricacies of what we’ll refer to as ‘same-sex divorce’ for the purposes of this webpage— a New Jersey Same-Sex Divorce Lawyer— may still be of use to you if you’re considering dissolving your marriage to a person of the same-sex, or a person who self-identifies as LGBTQIA+. Let’s look at some of the reasons why: 

  • Child Custody: Because the circumstances of same-sex couples rearing children in the world often start differently (through a surrogate, perhaps, or adoption), custody is an area in which a New Jersey Same-Sex Divorce Lawyer might be invaluable. If one parent is biologically related to the child, this may impact the Court in determining custody (fairly or unfairly; oftentimes caselaw has not caught up with contemporary societal thinking). 
  • Child Support: A non-custodial parent (even one with limited parenting time rights) may still discover that they must pay child support to their co-parent. Whether you’re the co-parent who is to receive child support or the one to pay it out, a New Jersey Same-Sex Divorce Lawyer can help you make sense out of the dollars and cents of rearing children after the dissolution of a marriage. 
  • Emotional aspects: Especially with children, the emotional aspect of terminating a same-sex marriage may, unfairly or not, carry more emotional weight that a heteronormative divorce. Children may be more prone to be teased or bullied at school, or more apt to place the blame on their own shoulders. Working with a New Jersey Same-Sex Divorce Lawyer to find the right therapist, the right counselor, the right team to assist your family in this time of transition may be a way to ease the path of divorce for children. 
  • Domestic Partnerships & Civil Unions: We have an entire webpage devoted to this topic here; suffice to say that there is a raft of legal issues that same-sex couples may confront when dealing with the dissolution of such (especially couples having entered in to such an arrangement prior to 2013). 
  • Time: For divorcing same-sex couples, time may not have been on their side, which is to say that many couples may have been together for many years prior to the state legally recognizing them as a couple (through civil unions, domestic partnerships, and marriage). Financial considerations such as Alimony and Division of Assets often rest upon how long a couple has been together— and if you haven’t been able to be legally recognized, that may impact these financial issues. A New Jersey Same-Sex Divorce Lawyer can help manage both expectations and money when it comes to these and other financial aspects. 

While a same-sex divorce is simply a divorce by any other name, as you can see there are wrinkles that may present themselves due to the circumstances (especially if children are involved). O’Cathain Law Group’s motto is Move Forward— and a New Jersey Same-Sex Divorce Lawyer can help you do just that. 

Call (201) 488-1161, fill out the intake form, or email a dedicated Family Law paralegal to speak with a New Jersey Same-Sex Divorce Lawyer at O’Cathain Law Group.

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