Domestic Partnership Divorce

Domestic Partnership Divorce in New Jersey Ending a Same-Sex Marriage May Have Its Own Complications Our New Jersey Lawyers Help Dissolve Civil Unions, Domestic Partnerships and Marriages

When same sex marriage became legal in New Jersey in October of 2013, many happy couples couldn’t wait to exchange vows. They promised to love, honor and cherish until the end. However, in all relationships, when “the end,” comes sooner than one expects, a couple seeks a divorce (or in the case of domestic partnership or civil union – a legal dissolution).

The laws governing same sex divorce, as well as domestic partnership dissolution, can be complicated. Whenever a relationship ends, either or both sides can be angry and the debate over assets and custody issues can get acrimonious.

If you are in this situation, you need an experienced, knowledgeable Camden County, NJ divorce lawyer who isn’t afraid to fight for everything you are entitled to. Whether through settlement or trial, NJ divorce lawyer Ron Graziano, managing partner of Graziano & Flynn, P.C., will be on your side, every step of the way. He was a certified trial attorney for over 25 years and has been listed in the publication “The Best Lawyers in America.”

Before Gay Marriage, New Jersey Legalized Domestic Partnerships & Civil Unions

Prior to same sex marriage being legalized in New Jersey in October 2013, gay men and women could join together in civil union (previously known as domestic partnership.)

New Jersey changed its laws regarding gay union in 2007. Since 2004, domestic partnership was defined as “same-sex couples age 18 or older and opposite-sex couples age 62 or older.” In early 2007, New Jersey instituted the Civil Union Act, which allowed same-sex or opposite-sex couples 62 or older to register as domestic partners.

Both domestic partnerships and civil unions that are currently in place will require dissolution, should the couple wish to legally separate. It is still an open question if a civil union needs to be dissolved before entering into a same sex marriage in this state or other states. If you are in this situation, don’t go it alone. Hire an experienced NJ domestic partnership dissolution lawyer from Graziano & Flynn to make sure you are protected legally and financially during the settlement proceedings and as you build your new life.

Same Sex and Traditional Divorce — Same Rules Apply

New Jersey is a no-fault divorce state. Any legally married couple, same or opposite sex, that wants to legally divorce does not need to file papers based on “fault.” Irreconcilable differences, meaning there is a breakdown of the marriage lasting for more than six months without hope of reconciliation, or living separately for more than 18 months are no-fault grounds for divorce in New Jersey.

However, there are also grounds for divorce in the Garden State. When one of these applies, you should really contact a knowledgeable divorce attorney who understand the relevant laws and will fight to make sure you get what’s rightfully yours.

NJ Grounds for Divorce are:

  • Adultery
  • Deviant Sexual Conduct
  • Addiction
  • Desertion
  • Extreme cruelty (domestic violence)
  • Imprisonment
  • Confinement in a Mental Institution
Dissolution of a Domestic Partnership or Civil Union Must Be Filed on Grounds

NJ divorce attorney Ron Graziano will help you determine the most appropriate grounds in your case and fight on your behalf to make sure you are completely protected — legally and financially. He will deal with custody issues, alimony, high net worth asset cases, and any other concerns you may have.

Talk to South Jersey Divorce Lawyer Ron Graziano for Free

Breaking up is hard to do. It’s especially difficult if you’ve been together for a very long time, have children and shared property. You need a divorce lawyer who understands the nuances and special circumstances surrounding same sex divorce and dissolution of domestic partnerships/civil unions in New Jersey.

We invite you to contact us for a free, confidential consultation with an experienced NJ divorce attorney at Graziano & Flynn, P.C. We can be reached at 856-499-4351 or toll free 866-948-7568. You can also send us an email and we will respond promptly. Ron Graziano will work hard on your behalf to make sure you are able to move on, protected, and able to begin rebuilding your life after divorce.

Client Reviews
Mr. Graziano had my best interests in mind when he represented me. He is clearly knowledgeable and handled my divorce quickly and efficiently. I'd hire him if I ever found myself needing a divorce lawyer again. Nadia
Attorney Graziano is one of the brightest and most compassionate professionals which anyone could work with! He is a great advocate and is extremely knowledgable of the judicial system. He made a very unpleasant legal situation a pleasant journey, and he helped keep things in perspective and in a positive light. I fully recommend him without reservation! Danielle
Hiring the right attorney to represent your divorce case is one of the most important decisions you will ever make! I was fortunate enough to hire Ron to handle my case and had what I believe to be a favorable outcome. I based my opinion on achieving the goals we set in the beginning of the case and comparing my final outcomes to friends and colleagues that went through the process with other attorneys. Thank you Ron! Craig
It seemed like my case took forever but I trusted Ron Grazaino and listened to what he had to say. Mr Graziano said that the insurance company was not being fair and that we should go to trial. The trial was very nerve racking however he eased my mind and killed them with proof and knowledge. My outcome of my trial brought me to tears of joy. I could never imagine such a good outcome. Listen to him, have faith and you too will be impressed. Robin
Ron is an extremely trustworthy lawyer. Listen to what he says and have faith in him, you will be as impressed as I am! I couldn't have dreamed of a better outcome in my case. I wouldn't have wanted anyone else to represent me, I highly recommend him to anyone looking for an amazing lawyer!!
His staff is amazing as well!!