What is a Civil Union Dissolution?

In 2004, Congress signed the Civil Union Act into law, allowing same-sex couples and couples over the age of 62 to form a civil union and receive many of the same benefits that marriage has to offer. That being said, now that same-sex marriage has been entirely legalized in New Jersey, those involved in civil unions had the option to change their civil union into a real marriage. However, to do so, they would have to take the necessary legal steps, which is why, in many cases, various couples simply remained a civil union. If you are a member of a civil union and you wish to end it, it is known as a civil union dissolution. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Bergen County divorce attorneys to learn more about civil union dissolution and how we can help you through the process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How is a civil union dissolution resolved?

Civil union dissolution deals with many of the same issues as other standard divorces. For instance, before resolving your civil union dissolution, you will have to come to an agreement regarding child custody terms, alimony terms, child support terms, and the division of assets. These issues are not always easy to work out, which is why if you are ready to proceed, you must retain the services of an experienced New Jersey divorce attorney. There are a wide variety of ways we can handle your civil union dissolution. For example, we can go through standard litigation, wherein a judge will ultimately decide the outcome of your divorce. However, before taking this route, we believe it is generally best to resolve your civil union dissolution either through the process of mediation or arbitration.

Essentially, mediation is when an unbiased third party, selected by you and your partner, can work through all contested issues in your dissolution by facilitating a civil conversation between the three of you. The goal is that by the end of your mediation session(s), you will have an agreement that you and your former partner can ultimately agree upon. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to speak with our seasoned New Jersey mediators today. We are here to help.

Contact our experienced Bergen County firm

At Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, our attorneys have extensive experience helping clients to understand and protect their legal rights before, during, and after the divorce process in towns across New Jersey and Bergen County, including Hackensack, Ridgewood, Paramus, Teaneck, and Fort Lee. To speak with our team of divorce lawyers today in a free and confidential consultation regarding your concerns about your divorce, please contact us online, or through our Hackensack, NJ office at (201) 397-1750.

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