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Same-sex couples now entitled to no-fault divorce in New Jersey

PolitickerNJ reported that while much of the country is focusing on the Supreme Court’s decision to rule on same-sex marriage’s constitutionality, a New Jersey court took a step toward equality. Groh v. Groh is a notable case in New Jersey as its judge, Lawrence Jones, ruled recently this month that same-sex couples are now entitled to a no-fault divorce.

Only last year were New Jersey same-sex couples allowed to legally marry. Before that, civil unions were the only choice available since 2006, without a way to end the union should differences occur. Now, however, Jones has ruled that a couple might cite “irreconcilable differences,” just like any other couple bringing an end to a marriage.

Lewis v. Harris was the previous court case that allowed civil unions to take place in New Jersey, and Judge Jones says he based his ruling on the “self-evident” intent of the former ruling. This intent, according to Jones, was to “create symmetry between the recognized causes of action for divorce and dissolution of a civil union.”

Divorce can leave you with many questions, and you may feel unsure of where to turn, especially with new legal cases frequently altering the law and how it may apply to you. Fortunately, the Monmouth County divorce attorneys of the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., can help New Jersey divorcing couples understand all of their options and guide them through the divorce process. Contact our offices today by calling (732) 898-2378 to learn more.