Information on LGBT Family Law
LGBT rights is an issue that has gained greater attention over the years and many changes have been made to laws regulating it. With the constant adaptions it can be difficult to keep up to date with all advancements, however, a Jackson divorce attorney from the firm is well versed to assist clients in cases of civil union dissolution, second parent adoption and more. Matters of family law are crucial and can define many important areas of your life. You need the representation of a professional to ensure that your rights and interests are upheld.
Dissolution of a Civil Union
In the state of New Jersey same sex couples have the option of a civil union. When you enter into a civil union with your partner you hope for the best. Unfortunately the relationship may take a different course and you may find that the better decision is to end it. Similar to the dissolution of a marriage there are many terms that will need to be decided upon. These can include many of the same factors discussed divorce such as spousal support,
child custody and property division. Since civil unions are more recent, the terms are not always as clearly defined so it is important to have a professional there that can help smooth the process as much as possible. A dissolution can be pursued for no-fault or for fault with the same terms as a divorce being recognized. The dissolution can be difficult and trying, making it all the more important that you have an attorney with exceptional knowledge and dedication to your case.
Adopting a Child: Second Parent Adoption
A single parent adoption allows for an individual to pursue adoption from the state or the birth parent. This is a great option for many and allows them to give a loving and caring home to a child. You and your partner may be looking to experience the joy of parenthood together and a Jackson divorce attorney from the Law Office of Rachel S. Cotrino, LLC can assist you to meet that dream. A couple can pursue a joint adoption which will allow them to both be considered the legal parents. For some, your spouse may already have a child from a previous relationship, a child that they adopted before on their own or their child from artificial reproduction technology. In these cases we can pursue what is known as second parent adoption or co-parent adoption, whereby you may be granted rights as the child's parent and are viewed as the equal parent along with your partner.
For those that are in a domestic partnership or even in a civil union, second parent adoption is an important step to take. You may be considered the child's parent and even be listed as such on the birth certificate. Not every state will recognize the rights involved in a civil union though, but they will recognize the parental rights if a second parent adoption is obtained. Parenting is a blessing that everyone should have the opportunity to experience and Attorney Rachel Cotrino can help you achieve it.
Representation from a Jackson Divorce Lawyer
When it comes to LGBT family law issues every state can take a different stance which is another reason why it is important to have a lawyer that is well versed in the laws of the state pertaining to your case. The outcome of a these issues can influence your life substantially and you need a professional that can help make that impact as positive as possible.
Contact a Jackson gay and lesbian attorney for excellent service in your LGBT matter.