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Dissolution of Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships Attorneys Morris County, NJ

Morristown Civil Union Lawyers Help You Navigate Changes in the Law of Civil Unions

Civil unions in New Jersey have been legal only since February of 2007. However, our family law attorneys have long been committed to keeping current on this important area of the law and its predecessor area of domestic partnerships.

At the family law firm of Laufer Dalena Cadicina Jensen & Boyd, in Morristown, we have helped numerous New Jersey couples dissolve both civil unions and domestic partnerships.

Do you have questions regarding how to initiate civil union or domestic partnership dissolution, and how to protect your rights? Call 973-975-0441.

New Jersey Civil Union, Domestic Partnership, and Same-Sex Marriage Laws

Domestic partnerships and — to an even greater degree — civil unions involve the issues and laws pertaining to marriage. Indeed, the civil union statute specifically states that laws that apply to marriage apply to civil unions.

Both domestic partnerships and civil unions therefore can involve issues like property division, child support, child custody and child support. Our attorney team is experienced in helping both opposite and same-sex couples dissolve their union or partnership, and has published several articles regarding same-sex marriage, providing clients with valuable legal information. If you need help, or have questions, regarding dissolving your civil union or domestic partnership, we can help.

How to Dissolve a Domestic Partnership or Civil Union

Many people are surprised to learn that their domestic partnership is a much more formal agreement than they originally thought. New Jersey law requires couples pursuing a dissolution of a domestic partnership or civil union to follow the same laws as they would if they were filing for a divorce, including naming a ground for dissolution. Grounds for dissolution of a domestic partnership or civil union are similar to a divorce in that adultery, extreme cruelty, desertion, and separation are all viable grounds, but one major exception is irreconcilable differences. While irreconcilable differences will most likely be added as a grounds for dissolution of a civil union or domestic partnership in the future, for the moment it is only applicable to divorce cases.

That being said, the procedures for filing for a dissolution of civil union or domestic partnership are the same as that of a divorce. Parties are expected to file a complaint for dissolution, participate in case management conferences, possibly engage in discovery, and generally follow the standard practices of divorce litigation.

Contact a Morristown Civil Union and Domestic Partnership Attorney Today

At the law offices of Laufer, Dalena, Cadicina, Jensen & Bradley, our family law attorneys are intimately familiar with New Jersey civil union and domestic partnership laws. Many of our lawyers are AV® Preeminent™ rated, meaning they meet the highest industry standards of legal knowledge, ability to communicate with clients, and legal experience.

Our family law team also features many lawyers nominated to the Super Lawyer list as it relates to family law, you can view a full list of our lawyers and the dates of their inclusion to Super Lawyers / Rising Star Super Lawyers in the list below.

For experienced legal help regarding same- and opposite-sex civil unions or domestic partnerships, contact us online today or through our Morristown offices at 973-975-0441.













  • William M. Laufer


  • Christine M. Dalena


  • Joseph P. Cadicina


  • James C. Jensen


  • Terryann K. Bradley


  • Lawrence J. Cutler


  • Kimberly N. Gronau Boyd

    Rising Star 2006-2015

  • Michelle Benedek Barone

    Rising Star 2011-2014

  • Mario N. Delmonaco

    Rising Star 2014-2016

  • Alexis Laufer Konkus

    Rising Star 2013-2017

  • Gregory Behringer

    Rising Star 2016-2017

  • Alyssa Clemente

    Rising Star 2017

  • Carly DiFrancisco

    Rising Star 2017

The attorneys of Laufer, Dalena, Cadicina, Jensen & Bradley, LLC noted above were selected for inclusion on the Super Lawyers and/or Super Lawyers Rising Stars list(s) published by Thomson Reuters for the years noted. Attorneys were selected in accordance with the process described here. This advertisement has not been approved by the New Jersey Supreme Court.