Is partner the same as domestic partner?

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Is partner the same as domestic partner?

Opposite-sex domestic partners in California will have all the same state-granted legal rights as same-sex domestic partners. Either person being able to take their domestic partner’s last name, or a name combining the two individuals’ last names. Protections for the surviving domestic partner should one partner die.

Q. What happens when domestic partners separate?

During termination proceedings, the court may divide the couple’s assets, award child custody, and order one partner to pay child support or alimony to the other partner. Once the domestic partnership is dissolved, the parties are free to marry or enter into a domestic partnership with another person.

Q. Does domestic partner mean spouse?

A domestic partnership is a legal relationship between two individuals who live together and share a common domestic life, but are not married (to each other or to anyone else). People in domestic partnerships receive benefits that guarantee right of survivorship, hospital visitation, and others.

Q. How long do domestic partnerships last?

6 months
Your domestic partnership will automatically end after 6 months. You have to wait 6 months from the day you filed your Notice of Termination of Domestic Partnership with the Secretary of State. You do not need to do anything else. After these 6 months, you will be divorced.

Q. Can a domestic partner file for summary dissolution?

There is no fee. If your partner files and sends you a Revocation of Termination of Domestic Partnership but you still want to get a divorce, you will not be able to get that divorce by summary dissolution. Instead, you will have to start a divorce case in court. Click to find out how to file for divorce in court.

Q. When does a domestic partnership have to end?

Call the Secretary of State at 1-916-653-3984 if you have any questions. Your domestic partnership will automatically end after 6 months. You have to wait 6 months from the day you filed your Notice of Termination of Domestic Partnership with the Secretary of State. You do not need to do anything else. After these 6 months, you will be divorced.

Q. Can a same sex marriage and domestic partnership be dissolved at the same time?

If you are both, married to your same-sex spouse AND in a registered domestic partnership, and you want to end both at the same time, click to read the instructions for dissolving both a same-sex marriage and domestic partnership. Do You Qualify for a Summary Dissolution?

Q. How to terminate a domestic partnership in California?

Fill out your Notice of Termination. Notice of Termination of Domestic Partnership. You must BOTH sign this form. Your signatures must be notarized. Write up your property agreement. You can write up your own agreement or you can use this fillable property agreement. Just fill in the blanks with your information. Both of you must sign and date it.

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