Monmouth County Same-Sex Divorce Lawyers
In June 2015, the Supreme Court overturned previous same-sex marriage rulings that had allowed some states to deny marriage licenses to same-sex partners. As part of this ruling, same-sex partners will also be able to legally dissolve their marriage through any process of divorce; this is important because many forms of divorce had been exceedingly complicated for same-sex partners prior to the Supreme Court’s ruling. Effectively, same-sex divorce is now legally the same as any other kind of divorce.
At the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., our compassionate Monmouth County same-sex divorce attorneys have been helping same-sex couples work through various family law issues long before the marriage equality ruling. Our lawyers are sensitive to the difficult and complex nature of divorce, and we will work side-by-side with you to help make this process as painless as possible.
How a Divorce Lawyer Can Help
The divorce process can be long, contentious, and stressful. Even under the best circumstances, there could still be conflict. The stress of a marriage ending can cause even small arguments to escalate into conflicts. Making things worse is that the process still needs to be followed. You need to have someone on your side to help you through the process as quickly and efficiently as possible while minimizing any potential conflict.
Furthermore, same-sex divorces have a few extra hurdles you may have to deal with. For one, how long your marriage has lasted can affect the outcome of your divorce, but for many same-sex couples, the official length of the marriage does not reflect the actual length of the relationship. Additionally, there is often extra stress associated with child custody during same-sex divorce, because often only one spouse in a same-sex relationship will have legal custody of the child.
An experienced same-sex divorce lawyer is familiar with these complications and knows what to do to ensure your rights are respected during a divorce. They can handle interactions with your ex-spouse and take all the stress of your divorce off your shoulders so you can focus on yourself.
Why Choose Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq.?
At Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., we put our clients first and work tirelessly to get the best results for them. Our efforts earned us recognition as one of the 10 Best Firms in Client Satisfaction in 2015. We take care of our clients, and we can take care of you as well.
Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq. makes sure to stay current with all the changes to family law, including laws pertaining to same-sex divorces. Our clients deserve the best representation possible, and we make sure to give them exactly that. With us, you know that you’ll be receiving the best possible representation and that the outcome of your divorce will be as satisfactory as possible.
The Divorce Process
Legally speaking, the process of dissolving a same-sex marriage is the same as any other divorce; it ends the existence of any joint financial responsibility and legally-recognized union. As such, our legal team is prepared to help you protect your interests as we work to secure agreements on the following:
- Division of assets
- Custody of any children
- Child support responsibilities
- Spousal support or alimony
The parenting rights of each partner in a same-sex divorce may not be identical, but our legal team will help you work out all of the complex legal issues you may face during this time. We will fight for your parental rights, and negotiate with the court and your ex-spouse to make sure that your child’s needs are met, and your rights are respected.
In New Jersey, assets are split equitably at divorce. This does not mean that there is a 50-50 split between the parties, but rather that the property is split fairly as determined by the court. Financial situation, each spouses earning capacity, conduct before and during the divorce, and more can all affect the final distribution of property. Alternatively, the former spouses can agree to division and distribution of the property. We will make sure to negotiate with your former spouse and the court to get you everything that you deserve.
Whatever issues you might have during the divorce process, Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq. has the legal knowledge to deal with them. We will work towards the best outcome for you, and negotiate with your former spouse to help you reach that result.
Making the Divorce Process Smoother
While divorce is an extremely stressful and contentious event, there are some things you can do to make the process go smoother for you. Listed below are some things you can do to make the best of this bad situation.
First, keep track of any prenuptial agreement that you and your spouse made before getting married. Prenuptial agreements are binding if the proper procedure was followed in making them. Make sure to notify your lawyer about any prenup so they can look into it. They will be able to enforce the prenup, assuming it is valid.
Second, make sure that you know your family’s financial situation. You need to be aware of your family’s assets and debts for the division of assets. Be aware of what you can expect, both in terms of assets you can take and debts that you will be saddled with, as both will be split at divorce.
Third, make sure to plan for the future. This includes your living arrangements, your job and financial situation, child custody and child support, and more. Make sure you have at least a general plan made before going through with the divorce. Don’t rush headlong into it only to realize later that you are in a horrible situation.
Fourth, be on your best behavior until the divorce process is over. Your conduct will be under close scrutiny and could affect property division and child custody. For example, if you engage in intercourse with another person before the divorce process is over, you are guilty of infidelity, which could negatively impact the divorce process for you.
Finally, make sure to contact Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq. before you start the divorce process. We can look at your situation and give you a more detailed explanation of what your best course of action is. Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq. can tell you what a divorce would entail and make sure you know the best path forward.
If you are pursuing a same-sex divorce in New Jersey, you need the help of Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq.. We can help this process go as smoothly as possible, tackle the unique complications with same-sex divorce, and answer any questions you may have. To discuss your situation with our Monmouth County same-sex divorce lawyers, contact the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq., by calling (732) 898-2378 today.