Registered Domestic Partnerships in California
Legal Assistance from Our Orange County Divorce Attorneys
Under California Family Code § 297, domestic partners are defined as two adults who share their intimate and relational lives together When both individuals file a Declaration of Domestic Partnership with the Secretary of State's Office and have met all necessary requirements, they become registered domestic partners. As of 2005, couples in California who are registered domestic partners benefit from the same rights and advantages of couples who are married in the traditional sense. At our firm, we provide bold legal representation for registered domestic partners throughout Orange County, California.
What are the requirements for filing?
When filing to become a registered domestic partnership, the couple will have to meet several requirements. Both individuals must share a common residence and neither individual may be married or be part of another domestic partnership with another. Those who file must be at least 18 years of age or older and must be able to consent to the domestic partnership. Neither individual may be related by blood. This official relationship registry option is available to same-sex partners. Although legal recognition of same-sex marriage in California is still being debated in state courts, registered domestic partnerships currently provide most of the same benefits as marriage.
At Hendrickson & Associates, we proactively assist our clients throughout each step of the process. Using the principles of teamwork, dependability, and engagement, we can identify the goals of our clients and provide them with clarity on the associated laws. We offer a free consultation for each of our clients to provide an honest assessment of each individual's circumstance. Our goal is to ensure maximum opportunities for success as they seek to join their lives as one in a registered domestic partnership. Speak with one of our Orange County divorce lawyers for the counsel your case requires. Contact us today for further information!