Thursday, January 17, 2008

Domestic Partnership Law

Domestic partners are two adults sharing their lives in an intimate andcommitted relationship of mutual caring.Requirements to Become Domestic Partners:
Both persons must file a Declaration of Domestic Partnership with the Secretary of State
Both persons must have a common residence
Neither can be married to another or be a domestic partner with another, which marriage or partnership has not been terminated, dissolved, or adjudged a nullity
The two persons are not related by blood in a way that would prevent them from being married to each other in this state.
Both persons are at least 18 years of age
both persons are members of the same sex, or
one or both of the persons meet the eligibility criteria under Title II of the SSA as defined in 42 USC Section 402(a) for old-age insurance benefits or Title XVI of the SSA as defined in 42 USC Section 1381 for aged individuals.
Both persons are capable of consenting to the domestic partnership.
Registered domestic partners shall have the same rights, protections, and benefits, and shall be subject to the same responsibilities, obligations, and duties under law, whether they derive from statutes, administrative regulations, court rules, government policies, common law, or any other provisions or sources of law, as are granted to and imposed upon spouses.

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