Hofmann Law Firm, LLC

Civil Union & Domestic Partnership


Princeton Domestic Partnerships Lawyer

Every partnership holds its own story. At Hoffman Law Firm, LLC, we are here to guide you through the complexities of establishing or dissolving domestic partnerships and civil unions in New Jersey. Leveraging the latest legislation, we ensure your legal protection, allowing you to concentrate on what matters most—your relationship and personal life.

Keith Hofmann brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in navigating dispute resolution and domestic partnership or civil union dissolution, offering tailored guidance, comprehensive information, and unwavering support.

To discover how our team can assist with your legal requirements, please reach out today and schedule a consultation.
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The Legal Landscape of Same-Sex Partnerships in New Jersey

The New Jersey Domestic Partnership Act (DPA), enacted in 2004, positioned New Jersey as the fifth state in the United States to recognize same-sex domestic partnerships. This pioneering act granted same-sex couples the same rights and obligations accorded to married couples, with two notable distinctions:
  1. Property acquired by one partner during the domestic partnership remains that individual’s property, unlike in a marriage where joint ownership can be presumed.
  2. The status of a partnership does not grant or diminish individual partners’ rights and responsibilities toward children.
Following the landmark case of Lewis v. Harris, 188 N.J. 415 (2006), the New Jersey Legislature established civil unions by amending the marriage statute to include same-sex couples. This amendment effectively extended all the rights and obligations underscored by the DPA to civil unions. As a result, such partnerships received the same level of benefits and protections as those accorded to married couples. Consequently, the process for dissolving civil unions among same-sex couples now mirrors that of traditional marriage dissolutions.

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