Registered Domestic Partnerships in New Jersey
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Who Qualifies to Register as Domestic Partners?
New Jersey's new domestic partner law applies to same-sex couples and to opposite-sex couples in which one partner is 62 years of age or older.
Why Should My Partner and I Register as Domestic Partners?
Registering as domestic partners can provide you and your partner with some of the same benefits that the state gives to married couples. These include:
being included in insurance coverage through one another's employers
medical decision making rights for one another
the choice of filing joint state tax returns
What Rights Will Domestic Partners Still Not Have?
the right to petition for spousal support if the relationship ends
Do I Need a Lawyer to Register a Domestic Partnership?
While you and your partner do not need a lawyer to register, you should consider consulting a good wills and trusts attorney to ensure that you both provide for each other in the case of illness or death. If the relationship does end a good family law attorney will be able to help you petition for spousal support or adoption.
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Last Modified: 12-18-2012 02:29 PM PST
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