New Jersey Rights and Protections for LGBTQ Couples and Their Families
We have recently celebrated two major wins for LGBTQ equality across the United States. While New Jersey has offered civil unions since 2007, the fight for national, unrestricted marriage equality continues. Since the repeal of DOMA Section 3 on June 26, 2013, and the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling on June 26, 2015, all states are required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and are required to recognize those issued to LGBTQ couples by other states. The details of the legal impact of these recent changes are still being sussed out, and many nuances are being decided on a case-by-case basis. All these changes can make it difficult to understand just what your family needs.
At The Micklin Law Group, LLC, we’re dedicated to the research; we have the legal experience to argue the best terms for your family; and we’re committed to helping each and every client navigate the complexities of the law.
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LGBTQ Family Law Attorney New Jersey
Couples and individuals seek a family law attorney for many reasons, from the joys of adoption to the difficulties around divorce. We understand how complex family matters can get, especially within the LGBTQ community. With all the recent legal changes that impact same-sex couples, now is the time to protect your family, and yourself, with the support of the trusted and experienced team at The Micklin Law Group, LLC.
LGBTQ Adoption Attorney New Jersey
Whether looking to add a new family member, or wanting to ensure parental rights for a non-biological parent, adoption is a huge, and still necessary part of family life for same-sex parents. Since the Obergefell ruling, any state laws banning or restricting adoption by same-sex couples have been essentially overruled. And, while marriage equality is a huge step towards recognizing all families, it does not automatically create parental rights. A relatively simple Second Parent Adoption process is the most common and permanent way to protect your family. We strongly recommend same-sex parents meet with us to discuss their situation in order to ensure legal protections are in place for both/all parents.
LGBTQ Divorce Attorney New Jersey
We have decades of experience in divorce cases, and all the related details including custody, property division, child support, alimony, and any post-decree modifications. We’re also more than comfortable taking on those cases where the marriage was not recognized legally in other states, or other scenarios unique to same-sex couple divorce, including dissolution of a civil union.
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Blog Posts For LGBTQ Clients
What Happens To Joint Credit Cards When You Divorce?
Divorce is a difficult process that involves many decisions, including how to divide marital assets and debts. Marital debt can include credit cards, loans, mortgages, and other debts that were incurred during the marriage. In New Jersey, marital debt is divided equitably during a divorce, which means that each spouse will be responsible for paying […]
How To Keep Divorce And Custody Matters Private When Serving Legal Papers
When going through a divorce or custody battle, one of the biggest concerns for many people is privacy. Divorce and custody proceedings can be sensitive matters, and it is natural to want to keep them as private as possible. However, serving legal papers to the other party can make it difficult to maintain that privacy. […]
How To Get A Divorce With No Money
When it comes time for a relationship to end, there’s no point in putting off the inevitable. However, sometimes men and fathers who need a divorce worry that they can’t afford an attorney or court fees, which may prevent them from pursuing the divorce they desperately need. Have no money or a very small budget […]
What Entertainers Need to Know about Divorce in New Jersey
Divorce is difficult for almost everyone, but entertainers in New Jersey face unique challenges when it comes to divorce. In addition to the emotional challenges of a marriage ending, entertainers and celebrities face high-profile public image concerns and complex financial issues. Navigating divorce can be complicated for entertainers, but there are ways to simplify the […]