3.   As used in sections 1 through 9 of P.L.2003, c.246 (C. 26:8A-1 through C. 26:8A-9) and in R.S.26:8-1 et seq.:

   “Affidavit of Domestic Partnership” means an affidavit that sets forth each party’s name and age, the parties’ common mailing address, and a statement that, at the time the affidavit is signed, both parties meet the requirements of this act for entering into a domestic partnership and wish to enter into a domestic partnership with each other.

Terms Used In New Jersey Statutes 26:8A-3

  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • person: includes corporations, companies, associations, societies, firms, partnerships and joint stock companies as well as individuals, unless restricted by the context to an individual as distinguished from a corporate entity or specifically restricted to one or some of the above enumerated synonyms and, when used to designate the owner of property which may be the subject of an offense, includes this State, the United States, any other State of the United States as defined infra and any foreign country or government lawfully owning or possessing property within this State. See New Jersey Statutes 1:1-2
  • State: extends to and includes any State, territory or possession of the United States, the District of Columbia and the Canal Zone. See New Jersey Statutes 1:1-2

   “Basic living expenses” means the cost of basic food and shelter, and any other cost, including, but not limited to, the cost of health care, if some or all of the cost is paid as a benefit because a person is another person’s domestic partner.

   “Certificate of Domestic Partnership” means a certificate that includes:  the full names of the domestic partners, a statement that the two individuals are members of a registered domestic partnership recognized by the State of New Jersey, the date that the domestic partnership was entered into, and a statement that the partners are entitled to all the rights, privileges and responsibilities accorded to domestic partners under the law.  The certificate shall bear the seal of the State of New Jersey.

   “Commissioner” means the Commissioner of Health.

   “Domestic partner” or “partner” means a person who is in a relationship that satisfies the definition of a domestic partnership as set forth in this act.

   “Have a common residence” means that two persons share the same place to live in this State, or share the same place to live in another jurisdiction when at least one of the persons is a member of a State-administered retirement system, regardless of whether or not:  the legal right to possess the place is in both of their names; one or both persons have additional places to live; or one person temporarily leaves the shared place of residence to reside elsewhere, on either a short-term or long-term basis, for reasons that include, but are not limited to, medical care, incarceration, education, a sabbatical, or employment, but intends to return to the shared place of residence.

   “Jointly responsible” means that each domestic partner agrees to provide for the other partner’s basic living expenses if the other partner is unable to provide for himself.

   “Notice of Rights and Obligations of Domestic Partners” means a form that advises domestic partners, or persons seeking to become domestic partners, of the procedural requirements for establishing, maintaining, and terminating a domestic partnership, and includes information about the rights and responsibilities of the partners.

   L.2003, c.246, s.3; amended 2012, c.17, s.354.