LGBT Family Law: Every Family Deserves a Happy Beginning
Today’s families are as different as the many individuals that make up those families. While there is still room for improvement, New Jersey and Pennsylvania law protects many of the rights of lesbian, gay and transgender couples. In October 2013, a New Jersey Supreme Court ruling made marriage between same-sex couples legal. This law also allowed same-sex couples married in other states to divorce in New Jersey.
New Jersey also prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or marital status during adoption proceedings and allows co-parents to adopt a partner’s biological or adopted child.
Unfortunately, LGBT families still face many struggles. Long term partners may be unable to assign employer death benefits to each other. Non-biological co-parents may lose the right to seek custody or visitation after a death or the end of a relationship. A marriage that is legal in one state may not be recognized in another.
Melinda M. Previtera, Attorney at Law assists New Jersey same-sex couples and non-traditional families with all aspects of family law including:
- Marriage, prenuptial agreements and marriage registration
- Divorce, child support and custody arrangements
- Domestic partnerships, civil unions and dissolution of domestic partnerships
- Adoption and co-parent adoption
- Surrogacy agreements
- Estate planning
Because legal rights vary from state to state, family law for same sex couples is rarely simple. Melinda M. Previtera stays up-to-date with the latest changes to laws involving LGBT rights, same sex marriage, civil unions, and adoption in New Jersey and other states. Her goal is to make sure your best interests are protected whether you are adopting a child, ending a relationship, or planning for the future.
Every family should have the same rights and privileges. Contact Melinda M. Previtera, Attorney at Law to learn how to protect your interests and your family now and in the future.