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Questions About Domestic Partnerships

1. How are Domestic Partnerships Terminated in California?

In California, domestic partnerships registered under the California Declaration of Domestic Partnership, are subject to California divorce law, as described in the divorce section, above.  Domestic partnerships also terminate when the parties marry, which is now possible under California law.

Domestic partners are eligible for community property, spousal support, child support, child custody awards and legal proceedings are handled like married couples. California laws are deemed to apply to a domestic partnership from the date of partnership registration with the State of California. Federal law now treats same-sex married couples the same as any other married couple, which is a difference from domestic partnerships.  This recent change in federal law allows for comparable bankruptcy treatment, tax treatment, pension treatment, and extends the rights and benefits of federal legislation to same sex married couples.

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