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The benefits to a domestic partnership

For committed couples, the idea of happily ever after doesn't always include a marriage license. Some couples wish to share their lives with a partner without actually getting married. And for these people there is the legally recognized union of domestic partnership.

For whatever reason couples wish to share a domestic partnership rather than a marriage, they can look forward to having the same legal benefits as their married counterparts. In states like California, where domestic partnership is recognized, couples in this type of union can share health and insurance benefits, family and sick leave and tax benefits.

While there are the obvious benefits to a domestic partnership, there are some requirements that couples must meet to be eligible for it. Some states ask that one of the people filing for a domestic partnership be of a certain age to do so, while other states may not recognize it at all or restrict the benefits to insurance and end-of life decisions.

California offers the same benefits to a domestic partnership as married couples without restrictions. This includes the creation and enforcement of domestic partnership agreements, which operate the same way as a prenuptial does for married couples. These agreements are designed to protect the interests of each party and can include a vast array of stipulations.

The fine details of a domestic partnership and a domestic partnership agreement can be difficult to sort out and understand. For help deciding if this type of partnership is right for you, or to create a domestic partnership agreement, consider speaking to a trusted attorney. With their help, you can protect your rights and the rights of your partner.

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