Long Island Family Lawyer
About Domestic Partnerships
Domestic partnership agreements provide for legal protection of the assets, property and minor children of an unmarried couple. Domestic partnerships are not limited to same-sex couples; rather, any two adults may enter into a legally binding contract that delineates the sharing of assets, children and retirement funds as well as issues of medical care and the designation of a guardian should an individual become incapacitated.
An example could be an unmarried couple with substantial assets that could be lost should either party remarry. The domestic partnership agreement provides substantial legal protection and can help avoid disputes between immediate family members and the domestic partner in the event of illness or death.
Pursuing Domestic Partnership in Long Island
In order to enter into a domestic partnership, the couple must register their relationship before the city clerk and attest their devotion to one another. Individuals who enter into Domestic Partnerships share a common domestic lifestyle, but they have not been joined in a traditional or common law marriage or a civil union. Our firm also assists couples in the establishment of cohabitation agreements. These documents protect the property of each individual if an unmarried couple is living together. Cohabitation agreements are similar in many ways to the
prenuptial agreements drawn up for engaged couples.
If you are in a committed relationship, now is the time to make a comprehensive agreement as to property or debt distribution, custody or support in the event of a dissolution or break-up. Domestic partnership agreements spell out your choices so that you and your children are protected. It is also the time to specify your choices regarding who will make important medical decisions or financial decisions in the event of your death or disability. This is done in supporting documents such as wills, powers of attorney, health care proxies and living wills.
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