domestic partnership in California is not an altogether understood aspect of
family law. Most people who begin a domestic partnership actually do so without first
knowing everything about it. If you have found yourself in a similar situation,
review this quick list of important aspects of domestic partnership you
might not have known.
Three things about domestic partnership you should know about include:
Benefits sharing: A domestic partnership is not the same as a marriage, but it is not entirely
dissimilar. One important example of the similarities is the ability to
share and enjoy useful benefits. A couple in a domestic partnership may
be able to share insurance benefits, utilize specific tax breaks, and
so forth. If you are in a domestic partnership but are not using any shared
benefits, then you should speak with a California family lawyer to discover
if there are any you are missing.
Adoption: California grants couples in domestic partnerships similar adoption rights
as married couples and individuals who want to adopt. You and your domestic
partner will need to show that you can provide a safe, healthy, and happy
household for your adoptive child. Deciding who will gain primary custody
of your adopted child may also become a difficult issue if the domestic
partnership ever ends.
Dissolutions: Domestic partnerships can be dissolved in a way similar to a
divorce. Depending on the circumstances of the domestic partnership,
property division, and much more may need to be weighed and decided. It is highly recommend
that people dissolving a domestic partnership get legal assistance to
ensure nothing is overlooked and major issues are avoided.
Want to form, end, or better understand a domestic partnership in California?
Contact me, Westlake Village Family Law Attorney Jeffrey Graff, for all the assistance
that you need. I have been there for people in your situation for more
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