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Same-Sex Marriage & Domestic Partnership in California: What Are the Laws?

Our board-certified family law attorneys are expert in all aspects of California family law, providing decades of experience in our legal counsel for families facing legal issues around same-sex divorce and domestic partnerships, including domestic partnership termination in San Diego County Courts.

Same-sex couples are permitted to marry in California. As spouses, the dissolution of marriage process is essentially the same as it would be for opposite-sex couples. Similarly, same-sex couples may need a Prenuptial or Postnuptial Agreement if they wish to define their rights or obligations in a manner different than normal marital partners.

As an alternative to marriage, California law provides for registered domestic partnerships for parties involved in a same-sex relationship, as well as individuals over a certain age. A registered domestic partnership provides for many rights and obligations similar to those of married persons. It is possible for clients to have both a registered domestic partnership and a same-sex marriage. In the event of a dissolution, it is appropriate to take legal action to formally terminate both relationships.

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The Law Offices of Beatrice L. Snider, APC is experienced in drafting domestic partnership agreements, registration of a domestic partnership, and filing the necessary actions to terminate domestic partnerships and/or same-sex marriages. It is important the client understands the differences between same-sex marriage and a domestic partnership arrangement.

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