Domestic Partnership Attorney in Granite Bay
Understand How California Family Code Applies to You
Partners who reside in California may decide to establish a legal domestic
partnership to protect their rights and reinforce their commitment without
legal marriage. One of the most important aspects of a domestic partnership
is determining who qualifies for it.
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT THE LEGALITY OF DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS?
If you and your partner wish to
engage in a domestic partnership, there are
several legal elements you should be aware of:
There are still some restrictions on domestic partnerships. If two people are related by blood, under 18 years of age, unable to
consent, or are already married or in a domestic partnership, they cannot
be engaged in a new domestic partnership.
People in domestic partnerships experience many of the same benefits as
married couples. For example, couples in domestic partnerships can choose to share a last
name (or create a new hyphenated last name). Domestic partners also have
the same legal rights as parents should they have children and can make
medical, legal, and financial decisions for each other. Domestic partners
can also own community property together and receive protections should
their partner die.
California's domestic partnerships aren't federally recognized. Domestic partners may have trouble engaging in activities that typically
require a federally recognized marriage, such as sponsoring a non-citizen
for US citizenship or adopting a child from another country.
California recognizes domestic partnerships and their equivalents from
other states. For example, if you're engaged in a civil union in Colorado and move
to California with your partner, you'll be treated like a couple in a
Domestic partners still file federal taxes as singles. While domestic partners can file California state taxes as a couple,
they still have to file federal taxes as if they're single. For many domestic
partners, this is actually beneficial since married couples are often
pushed into higher tax brackets by their combined income.
Domestic partners who wish to terminate the partnership may need to file
for divorce. Domestic partners who’ve been together for less than five years
can simply file a "termination of domestic partnership" form
with the Secretary of State. However, domestic partners who’ve been
together for longer than five years typically need to file for divorce
to terminate their partnership.
To engage in a domestic partnership, couples must
fill out an online form through the Secretary of State. This form can be mailed in or delivered
to specific locations. Couples under age 62 will need to pay $33 to engage
in a domestic partnership, while couples older than 62 pay only $10.
Why Is Retaining a Domestic Partnership Attorney Necessary?
Legal representation is highly recommended for any person or partners entering
into any type of legal relationship that involves the state. Our attorneys
at Myers Family Law in Granite Bay have extensive knowledge in the area
of domestic partnership and we strive to do everything in our power to
ensure your satisfaction.
At Myers Family Law, our domestic partnership lawyers:
- Work directly with our clients to uphold their rights throughout the entire process
- Use our extensive experience and knowledge to walk our clients through
all paperwork and procedures
- Have an extensive track record of being able to achieve the goals our clients
seek in the courtroom
Call Myers Family Law for a low-cost 30-Minute Consultation
In domestic partnership proceedings, we understand that attaining a domestic
partnership or dissolution of a domestic relationship can be stressful
and confusing. The Placer County divorce lawyers at Myers Family Law take
this to heart while working on each individual case.
Our Granite Bay family law attorneys are knowledgeable, experienced, and
empathetic to your case and fight aggressively for your rights. When going
divorce, we stay committed to making the experience as positive as possible for
your family’s best interest and fulfilling future.
Call our Granite Bay
domestic partnership attorneys today at (916) 634-0067 to discuss your
domestic partnership rights during a
low-cost 30-minute consultation.