For much of the past decade, the legal rights of same sex couples in New Jersey were in a state of constant flux. In 2004, the New Jersey Domestic Partnership Act was enacted, allowing same sex couples to file an Affidavit of Domestic Partnership with the state and receive limited rights including public employee benefits, NJ state tax benefits and the right to make medical treatment decisions on behalf of the other. Three years later, the New Jersey Civil Union Act amended the Domestic Partnership Act, allowing same-sex couples to legally enter into Civil Unions and receive many of the basic rights afforded to heterosexual married couples. On October 21, 2013, NJ ushered in yet another major change with the first legal marriage of a same-sex couple in the state.
The multitude of changes in policy have led many same-sex couples to question where they stand in the eyes of the law, especially if they already have a domestic partnership or civil union and now wish to get married. At Salvaggio Law Group, our New Jersey Lawyers understand the unique challenges faced by LGBT couples and are well versed in this evolving area of the law; we can help you better understand your legal rights as a same-sex couple. In most cases, provided you are marrying the same partner with whom you share your domestic partnership or civil union, a dissolution is not necessary for a marriage license. Nevertheless it is wise to seek counsel of a qualified family law attorney who can assess you unique situation to best protect your family.
Since same-sex marriage is a new development in New Jersey, so too is same-sex divorce. The legality of the dissolution is identical to that of a marriage of the opposite sex but there are unique issues which must be considered during the divorce proceedings of non-traditional couples. The New Jersey Divorce Lawyers of Salvaggio Law Group have handled countless divorce cases in New Jersey and have an intimate understanding of the process, and all applicable state statutes and case law. The compassionate legal team will take time to understand your unique situation, and help you identify and achieve your goals during the dissolution of your marriage.
While same-sex marriage is recognized in New jersey, that is not the case in many other states across the country. If you were married in New Jersey and have since relocated, you may find that you are unable to divorce your spouse in your new state of residence. If this is indeed the case, you may be required to take extra measures to end your marriage.
If you have recently relocated to N.J., after marrying your partner in another state, your marriage is recognized as a legal one in New Jersey. Provided at least one spouse has resided in New Jersey for one year, you will be able to initiate divorce proceedings but you should consult an experienced New Jersey attorney to better understand the measures you must take for an efficient dissolution of your marriage.
At Salvaggio Law Group, our New Jersey Lawyers bring our diverse experience, compassion and in-depth knowledge of family law to each and every legal matter we handle on behalf of our clients. We understand that your family is your top priority and we work closely with you to ensure your rights and best interests are protected now and well into the future.
The staff at Salvaggio were terrific. They helped navigate my custody issue in a timely manner. The best part of the process was that they listened and asked questions so that together we formulated a plan of action that I was comfortable with. I have worked with other attorneys and found the services provided here superior. I would definitely recommend them.
T.T. | Previous Client
I hired Salvaggio Law Group to represent me after my ex-wife filled a post-judgement motion. Salvaggio Law Group was able to draw quick closure to what would have otherwise been a financially and emotionally costly and drawn out endeavor with a rather unreasonable opponent. I couldn’t be more pleased with the manner in which Salvaggio Law Group addressed the post-judgement motion and ultimately got to a favorable outcome. I found the Salvaggio Law Group Team to be professional, knowledgeable, talented and most importantly aligned with what was important to me through this process. I would recommend Salvaggio Law Group to anyone wrestling with the difficulties of divorce and in need of competent and capable representation.
W.W. | Previous Client
No divorce is ever easy. Salvaggio Law Group helped me recognize what is truly important through the process. David's guidance helped me grow as a person and parent. We worked collaboratively on my settlement, where I felt I had a voice in my agreement. I would definitely recommend Salvaggio Law Group to anyone who needs a Divorce and Family Law Firm.
J.G. | Previous Client
The other attorneys did everything in their power to prolong this litigation. But Salvaggio Law Group has been unwavering and has done an outstanding job in spite of their tactics. I would highly recommend them to anyone who wants excellent litigators and tireless advocates for justice.
J.D. | Previous Client
As with any divorce, no one party ends up getting everything that they want. Salvaggio Law Group really focused on what was important to me and really made sure that those concerns were addressed during the process. They also made sure that I got out of a bad situation ASAP with the least amount of pain (financial and emotional) as possible. All the court filings were thorough and they presented my case very well. I would definitely recommend Salvaggio Law Group to anyone who needs the best legal representation in a divorce.
A.J. | Previous Client
What impressed me most about Salvaggio Law Group LLC was their knowledge and professionalism. I was extremely satisfied with their handling of my case. The whole staff was always ready and willing to help as needed. I wish that I did not have to go through the divorce, but I am happy that Salvaggio Law Group handled my case. They were exceptional.
J.V. | Previous Client
I would definitely refer someone to Salvaggio Law Group LLC. I work with many attorneys as part of my profession and found them to be talented, well versed in the law, and good negotiators who ensured that a fair and reasonable outcome was achieved. They were always better prepared and more knowledgeable than the other side's attorney. They also showed me how I could save time and legal fees by doing a lot of the documentation work myself. All of my calls and e-mails to Salvaggio Law Group were promptly addressed, and their interactions with me were always very professional and courteous.
P.F. | Previous Client
When Salvaggio Law Group agreed to represent me in my custody case, I was at the end of my rope. My ex-wife had custody of our two young children, who were suffering terribly because of her instability and failure to properly take care of them. They took the time to get all of the facts, really listened to what I had to say and worked long and hard to get me custody. I could not be happier, and my children are much better off. If you have a tough child custody case, hire Salvaggio Law Group!
G.B. | Previous Client
I hired Salvaggio Law Group, after my ex-wife filed a Motion to force me to pay additional child support and college expenses. My ex-wife was being represented by another supposedly “prominent” Morris County Divorce Law Firm. Salvaggio Law Group immediately focused on the clear deficiencies in the other side’s Motion, submitted a great set of papers to the Judge and was able to get the Motion dismissed in its entirety. Needless to say, I was tremendously happy with the job that they did for me and would definitely recommend Salvaggio Law Group to anyone else who needs the best Divorce and Family Law Firm in New Jersey.
J.C. | Previous Client