Entering into a domestic partnership is a great way for many loving couples to have a legally recognized relationship that affords them many of the rights married couples have. Domestic partnerships in California are available to same-sex couples are certain opposite-sex couples, and they have expanded in recent years to make domestic partnerships functionally equivalent to civil unions in other states.
Our California family lawyers help same-sex couples interested in domestic partnerships. You are taking a big and exciting step, and you deserve a law firm that will do its best to ensure you create an agreement that lays out your rights and responsibilities as domestic partners.
When you are considering a domestic partnership or are facing domestic partnership issues, the family lawyers at Soheila Azizi & Associates, P.C., can help. We are compassionate family law attorneys who are committed to excellence in all family law issues. At The Law Offices of Soheila Azizi & Associates, we are proud to provide thorough and experienced legal representation that protects your rights as a couple. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for your family law matters.
In order to obtain a domestic partnership, the two parties must meet certain criteria. Under the California Family Code, potential domestic partners must:
The requirements for domestic partnership eligibility changed substantially on January 1, 2012, thanks to SB 651. Before this bill became law, potential domestic partners were required to live together, opposite-sex couples could obtain domestic partner status without one of them being older than 62, and those under 18 were unable to obtain domestic partnerships.
California domestic partnership laws allow registered couples to have rights similar to civil unions, including:
Your employer may also recognize your registration as domestic partners and offer greater rights than the state requires.
As long as you qualify for domestic partnership under California law, the process for making the partnership official is actually quite simple:
While dissolution of a same-sex domestic partnership is not technically a divorce, it has the same effect on your legal rights. Your domestic partnership agreement may dictate issues like:
The simplicity of the dissolution process will depend on the circumstances of your domestic partnership. In certain cases, domestic partners will have to initiate a dissolution proceeding in a California Superior Court.
However, you can terminate the partnership by filing a Notice of Termination of Domestic Partnership form if the following conditions apply:
You must follow the procedures of the Secretary of State or Superior Court to end a domestic partnership. The Law Offices of Soheila Azizi & Associates, P.C. can ensure that you file the right documents, then help you resolve any dissolution issues as amicably as possible.
Our family law attorneys are vigorous advocates for our clients’ rights. At the Law Offices of Soheila Azizi & Associates, we treat our clients as we would like to be treated: with respect and compassion. When you are ready to form a domestic partnership or are facing the dissolution of your domestic partnership, contact us. We want to be your law firm for life.