What are the rights of same-sex couples in New Jersey? An experienced attorney can answer this question and protect your rights. New Jersey's Domestic Partnership Act has been in effect since 2004. Qualifying couples may file an affidavit of domestic partnership. Qualification involves meeting several criteria indicating the relationship is one of mutual economic interdependence, much as a married couple. The act intended to confer some of the rights and privileges enjoyed by married couples. For example, one party could name the other as a covered party on a health insurance policy.
However, the act fell far short of granting many of the rights enjoyed by married couples. It was modified by the Civil Union Act, effective in 2007, which amended the marriage statute to include same-sex couples, who are to be treated as heterosexual couples under that statute. However, questions remain about whether the Civil Union Act treats same-sex couples as married couples in all respects. For example, it is not clear that the provisions of the Civil Union Act extend to the New Jersey Probate Code. Stay tuned.
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