Family Practice: Domestic Partnership

The law firm of Lvovich & Szucsko, P.C. helps clients with San Francisco family law issues related to domestic partnership in California. Laws governing domestic partnerships bear many similarities to California matrimonial law.

Civil unions and domestic partnerships

California was the first state to enact domestic partnership registration in 1999. Under California law, a domestic partnership is defined as:

To create a domestic partnership, both partners must share a common residence, and may not be married or a partner in a previous domestic partnership that has not been dissolved or annulled. For a domestic partnership to be official, the partners must register a Declaration of Domestic Partnership with the California Secretary of State.

California uses the term domestic partnerships instead of civil unions when referring to same sex unions. Domestic partners share many of the same benefits as married couples, such as:

Since domestic partnerships were established in 1999, the California legislature passed further laws to regulate and provide more benefits for domestic partners. Understanding your legal rights when entering into a domestic partnership can help you avoid later conflicts. Couples seeking to dissolve a domestic partnership need the same type of legal help as those pursuing divorce. To speak with a knowledgeable attorney call 415-392-2560 or contact us online today.