If you are an LGBTQ+ spouse or parent, your family may have formed on a different timeline and with different legal options than other families.  Your marriage or relationship may predate nationwide legal recognition of same-sex marriages.  Your children may have biological and non-biological ties to you which deserve attention.  Our family law team understands how to honor your underlying intentions that existed when your formed your family or relationship. Talk to us about what was important to you then and what matters most now. 

Your lawyer needs to know when your relationship began, whether you formed a civil union, entered into a domestic partnership, created estate plans or signed legal authorizations for each other.  Tell us about your children, how you began or blended your family. If you own real estate, discuss when and how you bought it. Let us know your history of combining or sharing finances or assets. 

Choose lawyers with years of experience helping families like yours benefit from the protections available under New Jersey law.  The individualized issues facing LGBTQ+ couples and families are often better served through alternative dispute resolution.  The mediators at CLPHK, including Mary Ann Stokes and Jeffrey Fiorello, have decades of combined expertise helping couples customize solutions that protect their families. 

Every family is unique but many face similar legal issues. When your lawyer understands the creative solutions needed for your family, you can help direct your own future.  Contact us about the laws that may matter most including:


Custody and Parenting Time Child Support

Alimony or Spousal Support

Property Distribution

Modification and Enforcement

Relocation and/or Removal


Domestic Violence & Restraining Orders

Abuse and Neglect (DCP&P Matters)


Prenuptial Agreements

Alternative Dispute Resolution:

  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Collaborative Law