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Families come together in a wide variety of ways. In recent years, society has begun to catch up with reality–recognizing that members of the LBGT community have an equal right to the protection of the family unit in the eyes of the law. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and other non-traditional families can be faced with the same types of family issues as anyone else–with the added complexities that are unique to the LGBT community.
At Team Law, our dedicated attorneys are here to make sure you and your family are protected. We have a proven track record of successfully helping families through the challenges they may face with divorce, child custody matters, parenting rights, adoption, and more.
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Despite societal advances in this country, LGBT couples often continue to face complex hurdles when it comes to family matters. To learn more about our practice and how we can help, schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced family law attorney who specializes in LGBT family law matters.
In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all same-sex couples have the right to legally marry in all 50 states. Even prior to 2015, New Jersey had passed laws allowing LGBT couples to enter into domestic partnerships.
Because of evolution in both state and federal government recognition of same-sex marriage, you may have entered into a domestic partnership, civil union or legal marriage. Maybe you haven’t even entered into a legal relationship with your partner.
Our LGBT family law practice includes helping clients with:
Our experienced family law attorneys at Team Law can also help with:
Getting the help of an experienced family law attorney can help make sure your family is protected going forward. The lawyers at Team Law have the years of experience necessary and a proven track record of successfully helping clients navigate complex family law issues. To learn more about how we can help, call us today.
One of the most complex areas for LGBT couples involves understanding the various options for expanding your family. Our lawyers can help with LGBT adoption and make sure that you understand your legal rights in New Jersey.
Generally, the spouse of a parent is presumed to be the child’s second parent under New Jersey law. If one spouse is the biological parent, the other spouse has the right to have their name listed on the birth certificate as the second parent. However, that doesn’t mean you are fully protected. Laws in other states might be different–meaning that a second-parent adoption is the best way to make sure your equal rights as a parent are recognized.
At Team Law, we can guide you through the complex legal issues that you may continue to face as an LGBT family. Our family law attorneys pride ourselves on remaining current in developments in the law and providing innovative solutions for clients facing a variety of family law issues.
Whether you are considering divorce or weighing your options for having children, we are here to help. Speaking with an experienced lawyer is the first step to protecting your legal rights. You can call our office or fill out this online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your LGBT family law matter with an experienced family law attorney.
No. The child’s non-biological parent can use the second-parent adoption process to adopt your child in the same way that a step-parent would adopt a child. We know that it can be difficult to be forced to go through the adoption process to adopt your own child. However, because there is no guarantee that you will always live in New Jersey, second-parent adoption can be the best way to ensure your family is protected if you move to a state where the laws are different.
Anyone over the age of 18 can change their name legally in New Jersey as long as they aren’t doing it for an illegal purpose–like avoiding a creditor, for example. To legally change your name, you file a formal petition with the Superior Court.
You may also wish to change your gender on your birth certificate. You have the right to change your gender on a birth certificate even if you have not undergone sexual reassignment surgery. You can request a change to male, female, or undesignated/non-binary. The original certificate will be sealed and your new birth certificate won’t indicate that it has been amended.
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