In the days before same-sex marriage was legal in New Jersey, the state offered domestic partnerships as an alternative to same-sex couples who wanted to formalize their committed relationship, as well as to some opposite-sex couples who chose not to get married but still wanted legal recognition. Now that same-sex marriage is legal, you may wonder if domestic partnerships are still available.
The state of New Jersey still offers domestic partnerships to both same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples. However, the eligibility requirements have changed in one significant respect. Originally, if you were to seek a domestic partnership with your same-sex partner, the minimum age requirement was 18. Today, according to the New Jersey Department of Health, the minimum age requirement for all couples seeking a domestic partnership is 62 years of age.
Apart from that, the eligibility requirements for a domestic partnership are much the same as they were before. You and your partner must not be closely related by blood or affinity, and neither of you can already be part of another domestic partnership or other legally recognized relationship, i.e., marriage or civil union. If either of you were previously a part of prior domestic partnership, you must wait at least 180 days from the time that you terminated the first before entering into the second, unless the first ended with the death of one of the partners.
To be eligible for domestic partnership, you must be jointly responsible for your common welfare, which means sharing financial responsibility. You must commit yourselves to mutual caring and sharing of each other’s lives and have a residence in common. This residence must be in New Jersey unless at least one of the partners is a member of a state-administered retirement system.
The information in this article is not intended as legal advice but provided for educational purposes only.