If you wish to become registered domestic partners in New Jersey, you must obtain an Affidavit of Domestic Partnership. Your domestic partnership will not be registered with the state of New Jersey until the Affidavit has been filed and the Certificate of Domestic Partnership has been issued.
Where Do I Go To Get an Affidavit of Domestic Partnership?
The Affidavit of Domestic Partnership must be obtained from a Local Registrar of Vital Statistics in any municipality throughout the State of New Jersey.
Where Do I File My Affidavit of Domestic Partnership?
Once you have your Affidavit you must file and register it with the Local Registrar of Vital Statistics in any municipality in the State of New Jersey.
Who Can Notarize the Affidavit of Domestic Partnership?
A notary public or an attorney can notarize the affidavit.
Do Both Partners Have to Be There to Have the Affidavit Notarized?
Yes. Both the Affidavit and the law are designed so that the couple must appear together before the notary to attest to the items on the Affidavit, and then sign it together.
Do Both Partners Have to Be There to File the Affidavit of Domestic Partnership?
Yes. Once the Affidavit has been filed with the local registrar the Certificate of Domestic Partnership is created, which both partners must then sign.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Register a Domestic Partnership?
While you and your partner do not necessarily need a lawyer to register a domestic partnership, you may wish to go through the process with a good family law attorney who can explain the legalities and consequences involved in registering a domestic partnership. You should also consult a good wills and trusts attorney to assist you both with estate planning.