More information on Civil Unions.

Under provision 457-A:8 of the New Hampshire bill, civil unions from states other than New Hampshire, will be recognized as civil unions in New Hampshire, but in states where civil unions are not recognized, a New Hampshire civil union will not be recognized.

As with marriages, most civil unions can be dissolved under New Hampshire code RSA 458.

Since same-sex unions are not recognized on the federal level, couples cannot file joint federal tax returns or enjoy other federal law benefits.Sunflower

A recent bill in the NH legislature proposing allowing same sex couples to adopt was recently tabled. Thus, same-sex couples do not have the same rights as heterosexual couples for adoption. Please consult legal assistance for your options. Support legislation to change this. Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.