Civil Union in New Hampshire
How do you get one?
Interested in a civil union in New Hampshire? They became effective on January 1, 2008. With this, New Hampshire became the 4th state in the United States, to allow civil unions between gay and lesbian couples. As with every other state, there are certain criterion that must be met first before a couple can apply for a license for a civil union in New Hampshire. Here they are:
- Both partners must be at least 18 years old.
- Both partners must be of the same sex.
- Neither partner can be married or involved in another civil union.
- Neither partner can be closely related by blood.
Just 4 simple things that need to be met FIRST before applying for your civil union license in New Hampshire. You're on your way now!
A few more minor steps and you can officially celebrate your civil union in New Hampshire! Here's what else you must do:
- Both partners must appear before a clerk in any city or town in New Hampshire and complete a civil union application worksheet.
- You must pay the applicable applicatio fee as well.
- The clerk will then issue you a civil union license which is valid for 90 days from the date of application.
- The 90 days stated above is the amount of time you have to actually have your civil union ceremony performed by an official party (justices of the peace, New Hampsire ordained minister, or clergy in good standing.)
- Once your officiant performs your civil union ceremony, they are required to fill out certain information on your civil union license (date, location, indication of religious or civil ceremony, etc.) They are then required to return your civil union license to the clerk of the city or town that issued your license within 6 days.
- The clerk will record the date they receive the license as the file date for your civil union and they will also include their signature and the name of the city or town.
And that is it!!!! Congratulations!!! You are officially recognized as a couple in your state!
Don't forget to check out our New Hampshire Gay Attorneys page to help you with all of the necessities that our federal government won't help you with because they haven't legalized gay marriage yet.
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