Domestic Partnership Agreements

A domestic partnership agreement is a legal document used by both heterosexual and same-sex couples in committed relationships. This contract creates security regarding finances, property, and healthcare rights. A domestic partnership agreement is unique to each couple, and created to fit the specific needs of the relationship. An Orlando family lawyer can draft a customized contract for you and your partner. The agreement typically details how both parties wish to share income and assets, hold bank accounts, and own property. If you and your partner are not married, you are not granted rights under divorce or probate laws. The agreement helps protect your interests and avoid legal battles, should an unexpected issue occur.

Domestic partnerships are highly beneficial for couples who choose to commit to each other for life. The written contract ensures you and your partner have the same basic rights as other couples in committed relationships. In accordance with the city of Orlando, the agreement provides those in domestic arrangements healthcare rights and emotional security. 

In the unfortunate instance of the partnership ending, one or both partners must submit a notarized Termination of Domestic Partnership Affidavit form to the city clerk. This form will be processed, and a copy will be mailed to both you and your former partner.

A domestic partnership is essentially a substitute to marriage, as you and your partner are granted many of the same benefits as married couples. However, there are a few distinguishing differences between the relationship statuses. Marriage is recognized in every state across the country (and around the world), while domestic partnerships are not. Domestic partnerships are not recognized on a federal level, so you and you partner are not eligible to file jointly on your tax return, nor are you eligible to receive Social Security spousal benefits.