On June 26, 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court made a landmark decision when they
declared the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be unconstitutional. Following
that decision, the New Jersey Supreme Court confirmed a lower court's
decision to allow same-sex marriages to begin taking place on October
As of now our state recognizes the rights of same-sex couples to get married,
to obtain spousal benefits, to file joint tax returns, to be eligible
for the social security benefits of their same-sex spouse, and to take
advantage of the many other benefits that were previously only offered
to their heterosexual counterparts.
Same-sex married couples are even able to obtain family-based visas and green cards that would
earlier have been denied.
If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and your spouse is a foreign
national, you can apply to bring your spouse and his or her children to
the United States on a K-3 or K-4 visa. Should you be engaged to a same-sex
foreign national, you now have the right to apply for his or her admission
to the U.S. on a K-1, fiancé(e) visa. The regulations and requirements
to obtain these types of visas remain the same regardless of whether you
are in a same-sex relationship or a heterosexual relationship.
Hiring The Law Offices of Lloyd E. Bennett, Esq., P.C. to represent your
case will greatly improve your chances of avoiding any unforeseen complications
and achieving your immigration objectives. My firm and I have helped guide
more than 10,000 people through the immigration process. I represent all
types of immigration cases from the simplest to the most complex.
I have spent more than 25 years practicing law and I take pride in being
able to help same-sex spouses take advantage of the new benefits available.
To find out more about how I can help you and your spouse,
contact me today at The Law Offices of Lloyd E. Bennett, Esq., P.C.