Family Law

New Jersey Family Law Attorneys

Divorce

The attorneys at Hunziker, Jones and Sweeney understand that going through a divorce is an emotionally difficult time that can affect all aspects of your life. The firm provides high quality legal representation to ensure that your divorce has the best possible outcome.

In New Jersey, a divorce begins by filing a complaint. In the complaint, you must file under either No-fault, or Fault based. No-fault divorce became an option in the state in 2007, and since then has been the grounds for most divorces that occur. No-fault does not place blame on either party and are usually based on irreconcilable differences. In order to file under irreconcilable differences, those differences need to have existed for more than six months, caused the marriage to fall apart, and prevent the marriage from ever getting back together.

Grounds for Fault-based divorce include:
• Desertion
• Imprisonment
• Institutionalization
• Adultery
• Extreme Cruelty
• Drug Addiction and Drunkeness
• Deviant Sexual Behavior

If you are going through the process of divorce, or thinking about obtaining a divorce, contact an experienced attorney who can protect your rights and advise you which options best suit your needs. Call the attorneys at Hunziker, Sweeney, & Jones at (973) 256-0456 or fill out our contact form for a consultation.

Dissolutions of Same Sex Marriage or Civil Union

New Jersey has recognized domestic partnerships with limited rights since 2004, and civil unions since 2007. Additionally, New Jersey became the fourteenth state, in 2013, to allow same sex couples to marry.

While same sex couples go through the same divorce process as opposite sex married couples, a same sex divorce may present its own unique issues and circumstances. Additionally, a civil union dissolution can present more complex issues. For example, although a couple may divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences, it is not a grounds available to dissolve a civil union which may make reaching an amicable dissolution agreement more difficult to achieve.

The grounds for dissolution of a civil union in New Jersey include:

  • Adultery
  • Desertion for 12 or more months
  • Extreme cruelty
  • Separation
  • Drug addiction or habitual drunkenness
  • Institutionalization
  • Imprisonment

If you are seeking a dissolution of your same-sex marriage or civil union, contact an attorney who is experienced in dealing with the unique issues that gay couples face. The attorneys at Hunziker, Jones, & Sweeney are experienced in representing same-sex couples to provide them with the best possible outcome for their divorce or dissolution. Call (973) 256-0456 or fill out our contact form for a consultation.