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An Overview of Domestic Partnership in New York

While Domestic Partnerships originally began around 1980 when gay and lesbian couples wanted a legally recognized relationship, this is now something that can be available to any couple. A couple can enter a Domestic Partnership if they are unmarried, cohabitating, and want to avail themselves of certain benefits and legal protections given to married couples. To be eligible to register, neither of them can have been registered in another Domestic Partnership as of six months ago, and both partners also have to be residents of the city where they register, or one partner has to be an employee of that city. They also have to be at least 18 years old.

With this relationship sealed in a legal agreement, you can ensure that your loved ones are cared for in case you are incapacitated or you pass away, and you can protect your rights if you ever break up. Here is a brief rundown of Domestic Partnership benefits and agreements.

The benefits that are given a couple in a Domestic Partnership can include insurance coverage for accidents, health care, dental care, and vision, as well as a life insurance policy. Domestic partners may qualify for parental and bereavement leave, as well as death benefits. Partners may also be eligible for housing rights and lowered tuition at college, and potentially a great deal more.

While this relationship can provide immediate access to benefits, it can also provide the opportunity for you to protect your future interests with a cohabitation agreement as well. What this can do is outline separate property and finances, and more, much like a prenuptial agreement, so that if you ever split up, are incapacitated, or pass away, you and your family have legally protections.

Whether you want to understand additional benefits of registering for a Domestic Partnership, or you are an unmarried couple who faces a complex break up, you can understand and safeguard your legal rights with the assistance of an experienced family attorney in Long Island. Contact the Meyers Law Group, P.C. today to learn more about how our dedicated firm can help you make the right legal decisions for you and your family.