- · Share a common residence in New Jersey or in any other jurisdiction provided that at least one of the applicants is a member of a New Jersey State-administered retirement system;
- · Both persons are jointly responsible for each other’s common welfare as evidenced by joint financial arrangements or joint ownership of real or personal property;
- · Both persons agree to be jointly responsible for each other’s basic living expenses during the domestic partnership;
- · Neither applicant is in a marriage or civil union recognized by New Jersey law or a member of another domestic partnership;
- · Neither person is related to the other by blood or affinity up to and including the fourth-degree of consanguinity;
- · Both persons have chosen to share each other’s lives in a committed relationship of mutual caring;
- · Neither applicant has terminated another domestic partnership within the last 180 days. (This prohibition shall not apply when the previous partnership ended due to the death of the other partner.)
- · The right to decide about medical treatment and to visit in the hospital
- · Each domestic partner has the right to make medical treatment decisions on behalf of the other.
- · While in a hospital, a domestic partner has visitation rights equal to those of a spouse.
- · Upon the death of one domestic partner, the other domestic partner has the right to make funeral or other arrangements to dispose of the remains of the deceased.
- · New Jersey state tax benefits
- · A registered domestic partner can claim the other partner as a defendant on his or her New Jersey state tax return. (Note: This is not true for the purposes of federal tax returns.)
- · A registered domestic partner can make a gift or transfer property in life or in a will to the other partner, and the partner receiving the gift or transfer does not have to pay New Jersey state estate or gift taxes.
- · Public employee benefits: Under the DPA, group health insurance coverage for state employees is extended to domestic partners and the children of domestic partners.
- · Domestic partners of state, county, and municipal employees are also entitled to pension and retirement benefits.
- · Inheritance
- · If a domestic partner dies without a will, the domestic partner has the same rights of inheritance that a spouse has under the law.
If you are looking to establish a Domestic Partnership please contact our office at (201) 880-5563 for a consultation.
Ruiz Doolan Law Firm, LLC
27 Warren Street, Ste 101
Hackensack, NJ 07601