A domestic partnership in California is a legal relationship available to same-sex couples. In addition, it is available to certain opposite-sex couples in which one person is at least 62 years old. The couple is given the same rights, benefits, responsibilities and protection as married spouses.
According to California Family Code Section 297 a domestic partnership is established when persons meeting the criteria file either a Declaration of Domestic Partnership or a Confidential Declaration of Domestic Partnership with the California Secretary of State. Once the paperwork is filed, a copy will be returned to the couple.
In addition, a domestic partnership can be terminated under provisions outlined in California Family Code Section 299. The couple needs to file a Notice of Termination of Domestic Partnership with the California Secretary of State. Once filed, it takes six months for the partnership to be terminated.
If you have additional questions regarding domestic partnerships, contact an experienced Orange County Family Law attorney who will be happy to answer all of your questions regarding family issues and your future together.