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Domestic Partnerships and Same-Sex Relationships

Domestic Partnership Agreements Are Legal Contracts

California has taken a national leadership role in recognizing domestic partnerships and same-sex relationships. Under the law, couples who register their relationship as a domestic partnership are afforded most of the same legal rights and benefits that are available to married couples. This includes same-sex relationships involving adopted children.

Meyer, Olson, Lowy & Meyers has been a leading California family law firm advising and representing people with legal problems and issues relating to gay and lesbian partnership law since 1995. We have advised clients on litigation matters as diverse as cohabitation agreements, contested adoptions, and tax implications of community property characterization and valuation.

Registered domestic partnerships do not enjoy equal status under federal law as they do under California law, although some federal tax implications will affect the relationship. This is particularly important in relationships involving high-net worth and substantial estate assets. We have extensive experience in financial matters relating to multimillion-dollar estates and community property.

Whether you are considering registering your domestic partnership officially or having concerns about property settlement or child custody as you dissolve your relationship, our attorneys have the experience you can rely on. Our experience includes handling cases involving multimillion-dollar estates and high-value assets.

Contact us to learn more about how we can help you with all of your legal needs in the area of domestic partnership, marriage of same sex partners, and child custody related issues.