Bulletin: DE2011004

Date:
December 30, 2011
To:
All Delaware Issuing Offices
RE:
Civil Union and Equality Act of 2011

Dear Associates:

On January 1, 2012, the Civil Union and Equality Act of 2011 will become effective. Said act has the effect of treating civil unions in Delaware the same as a tenancy by the entirety. Those parties to a civil union will be provided with the same benefits and protections as husband and wife in a tenancy by the entirety, such as preclusion from a judgment against one of the parties attaching to the property.
 
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Bulletins Replaced:
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Related Bulletins:
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Underwriting Manual:
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Exceptions Manual:
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Forms:
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