Civil Union | Gay Lesbian - Hawaii Oahu Maui Kauai > Steps to Getting Civil Unions In Hawaii > How and when will couples be able to start the process for registering a civil union in Hawaii?
Please note: This provides general information, not legal advice. Entering a civil union will be a major step because the law provides all spousal rights and obligations under Hawaii law to civil union partners. Yet, you may still need wills, powers of attorney, second parent adoptions, and other legal documents to protect you, especially when traveling. You should consult an attorney about your needs. Long-term couples and those with significant property especially should get advice about possible tax consequences and ways to protect pre-civil union property.
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Act 1 takes effect on January 1, 2012, and although the first business day of the New Year is January 3, 2012, it is anticipated that at 12:00 a.m. on January 1, 2012 online applications for civil union licenses will be available. Details for the on-line application process will be provided as they are developed. To view the application screen shots and instructions for the electronic civil union license system, click on the links below: