Domestic Partnership Dissolution

A termination of a domestic partnership

Domestic Partnership Dissolution in CA

How Do I End My Domestic Partnership?

Domestic partnerships are legally similar to marriages, which means the termination of a domestic partnership requires a legal process similar to a divorce. In order to dissolve a domestic partnership, all the common components of a divorce—such as property division, child custody, child support, and spousal support — must be resolved in court or mediation.

Our attorneys are well versed in both California and federal law concerning domestic partnership. The laws on domestic partnerships often shift, which means state and federal laws on the subject can seemingly contradict each other. Without a knowledgeable lawyer, people can find themselves in complex and confusing circumstances, unsure of where to turn.

What Should I Expect When Ending My Domestic Partnership?

You can file a Notice of Termination of Domestic Partnership, which is similar to an uncontested divorce, as long as you meet the following criteria:

  • If there are no children involved
  • Both parties agree to the terms
  • The partnership has lasted less than 5 years
  • Your assets do not exceed certain limits

If it is not possible for you to file a notice of termination, then it will go through a process that resembles the steps of a divorce. This begins by filing a petition for dissolution of domestic partnership. If you and your partner are unable to agree on custody or support, you can ask the court to make temporary orders.

It is always best to resolve as many issues as possible outside of the courtroom—both for emotional and financial health. Mediation is part of that process. The judge will decide on issues you and your partner cannot resolve, so hire an attorney to protect your rights during the dissolution process.

Same-Sex Domestic Partnerships & Divorce

Until last year’s Supreme Court decision, same-sex couples’ only option for legally forming a family was domestic partnership. These long-term relationships are, for all practical purposes, marriages — many involve children, homes, and over 10 years of history. If you’re facing the end of your long-term domestic partnership, turn to attorneys with a firm grasp of how domestic partnerships function. We can help you face the future with confidence and security.

We know how difficult the dissolution process is. Regardless of any legal difference between domestic partnership and marriage, there is no emotional difference between the two. Our firm has seen too many people suffer heartache and unfair legal decisions because they handled it alone. Call us, and we will help you move on with your life with peace and grace.