Changes Ahead for New Jersey Same Sex Marriage

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Changes Ahead for New Jersey Same Sex Marriage

Until recently, New Jersey currently did not permit same sex marriage, although the state allowed civil unions, offering some of the protections and benefits of marriage under a different name. A recent court case changed the future for same sex couples who want to marry in NJ.

A case called Garden State Equality v. Paula Dow was decided and now allows same sex couples to marry in New Jersey. On September 23, the New Jersey Superior Court ruled that same sex marriage must be allowed in the state, beginning on October 21. At first the state of New Jersey was appealing the ruling and had asked the appeals court for a stay on the date for marriages to begin. Finally the governor decided to stop pursuing the appeal and the first same sex marriages took place in the state on October 21, making New Jersey the 14th state in the union to allow same sex marriage.

The ruling is even more important now that the federal government is required to provide federal benefits to same sex wedded couples. Now that New Jersey couples are permitted to marry, they are eligible for things like Social Security benefits and government family health care, which only apply to married couples (gay or straight, thanks to the Supreme Court ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act) and not to couples in equivalent unions, like civil unions.

With the new ruling, New Jersey same sex couples can marry and follow exactly the same procedures for marriage and divorce as heterosexual couples.

DeTorres & DeGeorge is ready to represent you in your family law case, whether it involves a marriage, a civil union, or a non-formalized relationship.

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DeTorres and DeGeorge Family Law is a New Jersey based family law firm that has been helping New Jersey residents achieve the best possible results in their divorce for nearly 30 years. The DeTorres and DeGeorge Family Law team is always ready to fight for their clients’ rights – determined to help New Jersey families overcome legal challenges from start to finish. Our legal team, with over 65 years of combined experience, provides expert guidance on all family law and divorce-related matters, including custody and parenting time, alimony and child support, equitable distribution of assets, premarital agreements, post-divorce issues, executive compensation distribution, divorces for business owners, and divorce mediation. The firm has been recognized for its dedication and expertise in the industry by multiple local and national organizations, including Super Lawyers, Law Firm 500, and the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. Rosanne DeTorres, Managing Partner, is one of 150 lawyers certified as a matrimonial law attorney.

Carolyn B. Hand
Carolyn Hand is a passionate and experienced litigator specializing in family law. In 2020, she was named partner at DeTorres & DeGeorge Family Law. Carolyn represents clients in family court in all matters pertaining to divorce, custody...
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