What is a domestic partnership?

In California, a domestic partnership is considered to be a legal relationship between two individuals who live together and share a common domestic life – but are not joined by marriage.

California Family Code Section 297 states, “Domestic partners are two adults who have chosen to share one another’s lives in an intimate and committed relationship of mutual caring.”

If you and your partner are over 18 and have obtained a court order granting permission to establish a domestic partnership, you may register your partnership with the California Secretary of State.

The basic rights and benefits for registered domestic partners can be found in the California Family Code Section 297.  However, if you have questions regarding insurance and finances, contact an Orange County Family Law attorney who has handled domestic partnership cases for the answers you are looking for.