Civil Union Agreement in New Jersey

We Acknowledge Gay & Lesbian Couples’ Rights

civil-union-agreement-njNew Jersey’s acknowledgement of gay and lesbian couple’s rights to a civil union can be invaluable if you are planning to spend the rest of your life together with your same sex partner. We strongly encourage our same sex clients to consider preparing a pre-civil union agreement as it can make your legal situation a lot less complex down the road.

 

 

  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Post-Marital Agreements
  • Civil Union Agreements

Having a civil union agreement in place before marriage can help to start your relationship off on a positive note and also give you the comfort and security of having a legal document in place to help protect your rights.

Civil Union Agreement

Having a civil union agreement in place before marriage can help to start your relationship off on a positive note and also give you the comfort and security of having a legal document in place to help protect your rights.

One of the main reasons for creating a civil union agreement is to delineate how the parties pre-civil union property, assets and debt will be allocated. An additional reason is to preserve each partner’s assets for his or her children. The agreement can outline how the parties property and support will be awarded if the union is dissolved or in the unfortunate event either party passes away.

Please note that it is highly recommended to have your civil union agreement reviewed by a reputable and experienced attorney before signing it with your spouse or lover. In court, a judge may determine that part or all of your civil union agreement is invalid. Many factors can be considered before the courts make a decision on the validity of a civil union agreement such as: If it was fair, whether or not both parties fully comprehended the terms of the agreement, whether or not proper disclosures were included and any time limits if any or evidence of fraud or coercion.

Please keep in mind that by attempting to prepare a civil union agreement by yourself that you are not only jeopardizing the security in which the document was intended to provide, but that also the courts may deem the entire agreement invalid and discard its relevancy in the courtroom for further hearings.

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