In certain situations, couples may choose not to get married, or may be unable to due to state law. When this occurs, a domestic partnership can be considered as an alternative. What are the advantages of domestic partnership? A domestic partnership is the term used to describe a civil union of two individuals who live together and share a common life but are not married. This can also refer to same-sex unions. The advantages provided to individuals in a domestic partnership are similar to a marriage, such as shared health insurance and death benefits; however, there are still differences between the two. Domestic partnership benefits are usually limited to your state jurisdictions as federal law does not recognize this type of relationship. In addition, the benefits and status may not carry across into other states.
How Do I Register Domestic Partnership?
Before couples can acquire the benefits of domestic partnership, they must submit a registration form at a local county marriage office. In addition, couples will need to meet a list of criteria before registration can occur. In Oregon, the partnership is immediately recognized after registration and fees are paid. There are limitations as to who can register. For example, in Oregon, registration is only available to same-sex couples.
How Does a Domestic Partnership Compare to Marriage?
A domestic partnership is very similar to a marriage. Many of the same benefits that a marriage has can be applied to a domestic partnership including healthcare, tax, and more. Domestic partnerships are only available to same-sex couples. However, often heterosexual couples reside together in a relationship akin to marriage and create in informal domestic partnership, which is recognized under Oregon case law. Ultimately, marriage does have more benefits than a heterosexual domestic partnership, but here is a legal avenue to dissolve this type of a partnership with the parties can’t agree on how to divide their assets or other issues. One potential upside of a domestic partnership is that they may be easier to terminate when compared to a marriage. However, whether a registered domestic partnership or heterosexual domestic partnership, not all states recognize these relationships.