Ending A Domestic Partnership

New Jersey supports domestic partnerships and civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, and for senior citizens (domestic partnerships only). People who have entered into one of these arrangements face a different set of laws regarding a separation because federal law does not recognize these unions.

Separating Your Life From A Domestic Relationship

At Newsome O'Donnell, LLC, we understand the complexities of dealing with the dissolution of a civil union or domestic partnership in New Jersey. We recognize the differences in state and federal law, and we can help you determine how this will affect you as you separate your life from life with your partner.

Civil Unions And The Law

Civil unions were intended to give gay and lesbian couples the same rights as married couples. However, in practice, this does not happen. Because so many of the rights in a divorce or dissolution spring from federal law, many of these rights are not recognized at the state level either. Tax laws affect civil unions differently, as do many other laws that are derived from federal law.

Our lawyers understand the differences in the law and how to apply them to your situation. We will sit down with you and listen to your situation and your concerns. We will think about how best to approach your circumstances and find the right solutions to fit your needs. We will give you an assessment of how your dissolution will be affected by the law and let you know what kind of impact it will have on you in terms of taxes, equitable distribution and possible alimony requests by you or your partner.

Domestic Partnerships And Your Rights

Domestic partnerships were created primarily for the right to visit a partner in the hospital and make medical decisions for financial protections or rights of equitable distribution. If you are in a domestic partnership, whether it is a gay or lesbian relationship, or you are a senior citizen who chose not to remarry but entered a domestic partnership with another senior, our New Jersey domestic partnership attorneys can help you determine how best to extract yourself from the relationship in terms of your property and your rights.

Discover Your Legal Options

We have helped many people dissolve civil unions and domestic partnerships. We can help you too.

Call Newsome O'Donnell, LLC, at 800-465-0163 or contact us online to schedule an initial appointment. We have our office in Morristown, but we provide representation throughout the state of New Jersey.