Domestic Partnerships

Certain state and cities are allowing committed couples that live together (but are not married) to document their relationship by registering as domestic partners.

A domestic partnership is a living arrangement between two unmarried persons who share a common domestic life. Treatment of domestic partnerships varies from state to state. Some states use the term "domestic partnership" while other states consider the same relationship a "civil union." With same-sex marriage bans being declared unconstitutional, domestic partnerships are not as popular.

Benefits to registering a domestic partnership

While domestic partner status does not convey the same rights and benefits as those given to a married couple, the following benefits may be available to a domestic partner:

  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Death benefits
  • Parental rights
  • Sick and family leave
  • Tax treatment

A review of the applicable state law is required in each case as it relates to availability, creation, termination, and benefits available.