Although Florida now recognizes same sex marriage and divorce, couples still have the option to establish domestic partnerships to legally protect themselves in a manner similar to marriage, though lacking certain rights allowed to judicially married couples.
Domestic partnership is a contractual agreement protecting the rights of the two partners as a couple. At our law firm, we are dedicated to helping loving couples take the next step in their relationship. We want to educate them thoroughly on their options so that they can lay a framework to legally protect the commitment they have made to one another.
By establishing a domestic partnership, couples can begin the process of planning for the future, combining wealth and building a family through adoption. Some employers may also provide benefits to the domestic partner as they would to other members of an employee’s family, including healthcare in some situations.
Also, a domestic partnership sets the stage for the two individuals to make decisions for each other, particularly when the unexpected occurs. To legally solidify this option, it is important that your attorney also guide you through the process of estate planning. You need several key documents and arrangements to ensure that you are protected should the unexpected occur.
In Florida, domestic partnership registries are handled regionally by cities and counties. Our firm will assist you to register your partnership in the appropriate area. This will help ensure that you are treated as a family member, particularly in medical situations.
We can also assist in the dissolution of these partnerships. Because contracts are not considered a legal document of marriage, the process for dissolving them is different from a typical divorce. It is particularly true in the division of assets. You need knowledgeable and experienced legal representation during this process to ensure that you are protected and obtain that which you are entitled to receive.
To schedule your assessment or consultation regarding your domestic partnership, please contact The Law Firm of Charles D. Jamieson, P.A. online (hotlink) or call 561-478-0312.