Post # 1
My SO and I have been talking about getting married and because of health issues he wanted me to look into a civil union.
Honestly, I am so confused! What rights and legal authority does a civil union give you that a marriage does or doesn’t.
I also wanted to know in terms of state funding for education as well as state assistance will that be affected if I’m in a civil union with my bf?
Do I have to change my name? Like were legally married? Do I list him under spouse?
Post # 3
I think the this it works you get more protections and rights (such as for example your ” spouce being Allowed in an icu room if your married, not so much if civil union)
I would bump this tomrrow during the day. You’ll get more responded with better info than I can give 🙂
Post # 4
Here in NZ a civil union gives you almost exactly the same rights as marriage.
Post # 5
I am not sure I can answer your question, but I don’t understand the “because of health issues” statement. Marriage can happen just as quickly and cheaply as a civil union. In my stste, anyway.
I think the difference might vary state to state?
Post # 6
@imalittlebirdie: Thanks 🙂
I will bump it tomorrow!!
Post # 9
It depends on the state you live in. In Delaware, if Fiance and I had a Civil Union, we would be afforded all of the same rights as a marriage, but wouldn’t be allowed to call it a marriage.
This is an excerpt of a CNN article pertaining to Illinois’ civil union law from a year ago: “These rights include automatic hospital visitation rights, the ability to make emergency medical decisions for partners, the ability to share a room in a nursing home, adoption and parental rights, pension benefits, inheritance rights and the right to dispose of a partner’s remains, the governor’s office said.”
Post # 10
it really varies state by state. my (non professional) knowledge is that it gives you simmilar rights to a spouse and depending on the insruace will allow you beinifits simmilar to that if you were married.
Post # 11
@Mrs.Darling: Wow thanks! That did help alot 🙂 Yes my SO worked for United airlines and his insurance would include me if we were in a civil union or if I got pregnant. I will check out that article!
@aprose: Thanks!! Yeah that’s what gave him the idea was information he got from his insurance company about how to add me.
We both want a nice big wedding, but sadly most of our family are deceased and well frankly.. we just don’t have the money. We want to start a family asap and with my health issues (PCOS) I think it might be a battle. We still want the wedding so I’m thinking a civil union will work for us for the next few years till we save up enough money.