The State of New Jersey is expanding the rights of its active duty soliders by instituting “proxy marriage” in the Garden State. What is marriage by proxy? State Senator Diane Allen of Burlington County, sponsor of the S299 legislation in the State Senate (Assemblymen Herb Conaway Jr. of Delanco was the State Assembly sponsor), issued this explanatory press release shortly after Governor Chris Christie signed it into law earlier today:
Allen Legislation Allowing Marriage By Proxy for Service Members Signed into Law Trenton— Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) permitting active duty military service members to be married or enter into acivil union by proxy has been signed into law by Governor Christie. Marriage by proxy allows an attorney to “stand in” for a servicemember and complete the legal necessities of marriage or civil union, therebyconferring tax treatment, health benefits, and power of attorney to a service member's partner while he or she is serving in armed conflict or war. Allen said that the new law will ensure that only the wedding ceremonies, not legal rights, are delayed as a result of military service. “Service men and women join the armed forces knowing that they could be asked to put their lives on hold in times of war, including wedding plans,” Allen said. “This legislation gives members of our armed forces and NationalGuard some peace of mind. They will be able to enjoy the benefits of marriage orcivil union while waiting to reunite and celebrate together, in person, when their tour of duty is complete.” You can read a full version of the amended bill right here. The legislation was co-sponsored by Senator James Beach. Grappling with divorce, custody disputes and support proceedings is always a complicated and emotionally trying experience. Active duty deployment, particularly when stationed in forward positions, only adds to the strain at a time when you can least afford it.
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