When two people are in a relationship that is broken beyond repair or is no longer satisfying, it is often in both of their best interests to end it. Couples who are not legally tied to each other can simply go their separate ways; but breaking up is much more difficult when there is a formal or legal agreement in place. Whatever type of relationship you are in, it can be wise to consult an attorney to explore what options you have and how you must go about severing the legal tie with a partner.
While same-sex marriage is now recognized in New Jersey, the previous ban on same-sex marriage had much to do with the formation of different legal relationships. Same-sex couples who were unable to get married but still wanted to formally establish their connection may have opted for a civil union or domestic partnership.
These arrangements allowed same-sex couples to have some assurance that their relationship was legally recognized. However, as many couples in these relationships know, they aren’t the same as marriage and they don’t necessarily protect individuals in the same way or create all the same legal obligations, but they do still need to be terminated through the proper legal channels.
A civil union divorce and terminated partnership can come with many of the same challenges as ending a marriage. There are issues related to property, children and money that come up and can be a source of great anxiety, but the people in these relationships may not be afforded the same rights and protections as spouses in a marriage. This can make resolving these issues even more complicated than they already are. Even same-sex couples who were never part of a legally recognized relationship may have complicated issues between them if children are involved and those situations may require legal methodologies to establish rights and responsibilities of everyone involved.
No matter what type of legal relationship you may be in and want to get out of, it can be crucial to know what rights and options you have under state and federal laws. The attorneys at our law firm understand that this can be a very frustrating process, but it may be of some relief to know that we are familiar with all types of legal relationships in New Jersey and know how to go about formally ending them.
Before making an assumption or decision regarding the process of ending your relationship, it may be a good idea to take a look at our website and learn more about how we can help you find a solution that is effective and protects your future. You can also find information on how to contact us to set up a consultation.