Domestic partnerships are legal relationships traditionally available to same-sex couples. It is also available to couples in which at least one party is 62 years of age or older. California pioneered this option to protect the interests of individuals not recognized under the traditional umbrella of marriage. Benefits of the registry include hospital visitation rights, estate planning benefits, and more.
It is important to be aware that domestic relationships do not carry all of the same rights and responsibilities found in a traditional marriage. However, California Family Code § 297.5 is still very significant in light of other state's shortcomings in this regard. Pursuing a domestic relationship is a factually unique situation that can be beneficial in achieving those rights that accompany registration. Our office is here to ensure your partnership is given the support it merits from the legal system.
To note, there are substantial pending legal challenges to the domestic partnership program in the state of California. Utilizing a family law attorney that is well-versed on the legal happenings in California is a must. Our office is committed to staying on the forefront and will work to ensure your domestic partnership is given the protection it deserves in this constantly evolving landscape.
If you feel that a domestic partnership may be the best option for you, please call and schedule an initial consultation.