State Laws and Legislation

New Jersey Healthcare Laws

New Jersey law states that a civil union partner has the same rights and responsibilities as a spouse with regard to "laws relating to emergency and nonemergency medical care and treatment, hospital visitation and notification, and any rights guaranteed to a hospital patient." § 37:1-32(j).

An adult may execute an advance directive designating his or her same-sex partner as having authority to make medical decisions on their behalf. The advance directive shall be signed and dated by, or at the direction of, the declarant in the presence of two subscribing adult witnesses. § 26:2H-56.

Citation: New Jersey Advanced Directives for Health Care Act: N.J. Stat. Ann. §§ 26: 2H-53 to 2H-91

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Updated: Tue, April 29, 2008 - 11:00:41