New Jersey Marriage Laws

37:1-31 - Legal benefits, protections, responsibilities of civil union couples equal to those of married couples

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New Jersey Permanent Statutes ? Title 37: Marriages and Married Persons

Legal benefits, protections, responsibilities of civil union couples equal to those of married couples

4. a. Civil union couples shall have all of the same benefits, protections and responsibilities under law, whether they derive from statute, administrative or court rule, public policy, common law or any other source of civil law, as are granted to spouses in a marriage. b.The dissolution of civil unions shall follow the same procedures and be subject to the same substantive rights and obligations that are involved in the dissolution of marriage. c.The laws of domestic relations, including annulment, premarital agreements, separation, divorce, child custody and support, property division and maintenance, and post-relationship spousal support, shall apply to civil union couples. d.Civil union couples may modify the terms, conditions or effects of their civil union in the same manner and to the same extent as married persons who execute an antenuptial agreement or other agreement recognized and enforceable under the law, setting forth particular understandings with respect to their union. e.The rights of civil union couples with respect to a child of whom either becomes the parent during the term of the civil union, shall be the same as those of a married couple with respect to a child of whom either spouse or partner in a civil union couple becomes the parent during the marriage. f.All contracts made between persons in contemplation of a civil union shall remain in full force after such civil union takes place. g.A copy of the record of the civil union received from the local or State registrar shall be presumptive evidence of the civil union in all courts.

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