How do I end a domestic partnership here in California?

By |2023-08-25T12:30:27+00:0012 Feb 2019|Categories: Family Law|

Some people who enter into domestic partnerships do so because they expect it to be much easier to walk away from their partner if they decide to split. What they don’t realize is that couples in domestic partnerships often have to go through just as many steps in terminating their relationship as married couples who divorce do.

The steps involved in and the amount of time that it takes to end a domestic partnership often depend on the laws of the jurisdiction where the parties live and the terms of their agreements.

One of the quickest ways to end a domestic partnership in California is for the parties to mutually agree to do so. Not just anyone qualifies to expedite the process, however. Only couples who have been involved in domestic partnerships with one another for five or fewer years and who don’t have any children together may legally end their relationships this way. Their joint debts and assets must also be lower than a particular dollar amount.

Those couples who have amassed significant assets together or who have kids in common must file petitions to dissolve their unions in California Superior Court. Ultimately, there will be several hearings regarding both financial matters and child custody before a judge enters an order to terminate the domestic partnership. They may ultimately decide to require one partner to pay the other something similar to spousal support as well.

Although, in a landmark ruling in 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry, each state handled domestic partnerships differently. In California, when couples split up, they may find that they were in both a domestic partnership and marriage. A family law attorney can advise why you may need to seek both a termination of the and divorce to legally end your union.

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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