New York Courts Have Jurisdiction To Dissolve Civil Unions

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A New York court has jurisdiction to hear an action to dissolve a civil union validly entered into outside of this state and to equitably distribute the property acquired during the civil union.

New York courts have recognized and been increasingly accepting of the rights of same sex couples. New York will, for instance recognize, as valid, an out-of-state same-sex marriage even though the marriage could not have been solemnized in New York.

In Dickerson v. Thompson, the parties traveled to Vermont and entered into a civil union.

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