Just a reminder to those of you who entered into a valid Connecticut Civil Union:
you are now legally married
Your civil union converted to marriage by operation of law in the State of Connecticut (as of October 1, 2010)
1) IF You obtained a marriage license and participated in a marriage ceremony prior to October 1, 2010 (in which case you are legally married); or
2) UNLESS You filed for divorce, legal separation or annulment of your civil union prior to October 1, 2010.
Public Act 09-13 states, in pertinent part:
Sec. 12. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) Two persons who are parties to a civil union established pursuant to sections 46b-38aa to 46b-38oo, inclusive, of the general statutes, as amended by this act, that has not been dissolved or annulled by the parties or merged into a marriage by operation of law under section 11 of this act as of October 1, 2010, shall be deemed to be married under chapter 815e of the general statutes, as amended by this act, on said date and such civil union shall be merged into such marriage by operation of law on said date.
(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, the parties to a civil union with respect to which a proceeding for dissolution, annulment or legal separation is pending on October 1, 2010, shall not be deemed to be married on said date and such civil union shall not be merged into such marriage by peration of law but shall continue to be governed by the provisions of the general statutes applicable to civil unions in effect prior to October 1, 2010.
For additional information, read QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT CONNECTICUT’S TRANSITION FROM CIVIL UNIONS TO MARRIAGE [published by GLAD]
To convert your civil union certificate to a marriage certificate, you must complete form VS-39CU
“REQUEST TO CONVERT CIVIL UNION/MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE”. The form (and the $20.00 fee for a certified copy) must be mailed to the town clerk in the city/town in which your civil union occurred. If you require more information about the form and the procedure for conversion, please contact your local town clerk’s office. Click here for a list of town clerks in Connecticut.
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