Entering a 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, child support, child custody, 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 than 30 years and have successfully managed thousands of cases. To start your own without worry, call 805.633.4999 and ask for aFREE case evaluation.