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Domestic Partnerships Archives

Helping same-sex couples who seek to end their relationships

While same-sex California couples have generally had more rights than those in many other states, the road to marriage equality has still been a bumpy one. Before Proposition 8 was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013, ending the ban on same-sex marriage in our state, many gay couples in California chose to codify their relationship through state registered domestic partnerships. Some of these couples went on to marry each other when they were able to.

Domestic partnerships: When it's time to separate

While divorce courts should not show any bias toward gender or sexual orientation, this does still happen in some cases, and it's important to have legal representation who understands these challenges and can fight for your rights and interests. Custody battles and other issues involving children when a partnership ends can be especially contentious, and it's important to go into those types of legal proceedings well-prepared and with a good understanding all of the possible outcomes may be. It's also vital to have an action plan for the future.

Domestic partnerships and separation agreements

In California, couples who are in domestic partnerships can officially and legally end their relationships by getting a domestic partnership dissolution. This option is very much like a divorce for married couples, but some couples may wonder if there are any other alternatives. A domestic partnership dissolution may not make the most financial sense for some couples, and one possible alternative is to draw up a separation agreement.

Domestic partnerships get shot in the arm in the U.S.

Domestic partnerships got a shot in the arm last week when the United States Supreme Court gave the right for same-sex marriages to be recognized in all 50 states. That isn't where it all started, of course. It was back in 2004 when the then-mayor of San Francisco began a battle royal to give the right to get married to all same-sex couples in his city.

Tax points for California registered domestic partnerships

Domestic partnerships were our topic last week. We are going to continue on that topic this week to help our readers in California to get a better understanding about domestic partnerships. One topic that some people in a domestic partnership are curious about is how the partnership affects taxes.

Why should I register my domestic partnership in California?

People in California who are in committed relationships but don't want to get married might have the option of entering into a domestic partnership. These partnerships aren't available to all couples, but for couples who qualify, they might be a viable way to confirm the relationship. It is important for anyone who is interested in a domestic partnership to understand some basic points about these unions.

Ending a domestic partnership requires careful planning

People who are in same-sex relationships sometimes find that those relationships take a turn for the worst. California is a state that is very friendly toward same-sex relationships. From same-sex marriages to domestic partnerships, people in a committed relationship are usually afforded the same rights and protections as those in parallel heterosexual relationships.

Same-sex divorce often comes with snags & legal uncertainties

It would be an understatement to say that it has been an eventful summer as far as marriage equality is concerned. Not only did the U.S. Supreme Court strike down the federal Defense Of Marriage Act; it also refused to rule on Proposition 8. In doing so, the Court effectively restored same-sex marriage rights here in California.

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