How can I terminate my domestic partnership?
Domestic Partnership was created with the intention of giving same-sex couples the opportunity to benefit from economic and legal security. Today, domestic partnership is an option for many couples as an alternative to legal marriage. Like marriage, domestic partnership does not always work out and there are certain steps required to end a domestic partnership legally. Consult with a divorce lawyer in Huntington at Simonetti & Associates to learn more about terminating your domestic partnership.
What is a Domestic Partnership?
A domestic partnership in the eyes of the law is, a legal relationship approved under the laws of the State for couples in a committed personal relationship. To qualify for a domestic partnership, you and your partner must be over the age of 18, not married or in a domestic partnership with anyone else, and have been living together for a significant period of time.
Reasons for a Domestic Partnership to End
Similarly to marriage, domestic partnership does not always work out. Some reasons domestic partners choose to terminate include:
- You and your partner grow apart
- Lack of intimacy
- Unrealistic expectations
- Disputes about children, property, money, etc.
- You or your partner desire a relationship with someone else
Every couple is different, but if you find yourself looking to dissolve your domestic partnership, Simonetti & Associates, an award-winning divorce lawyer in Huntington, is here to help.
How to End a Domestic Partnership
If you decide to end your domestic partnership, some steps are required. You or your partner need to fill out a Termination Statement. There are several ways to do this:
- In person at one of the City Clerk’s Office locations
- Submit online and then go into one of the offices to complete it in person
- If you are unable to fill out the Termination Statement in person and you can prove in a written statement why you are unable to do so, you can download the Termination Statement PDF from the City Clerk’s website and mail it in with your written statement attached
If you or your partner marries or enters into a domestic partnership with someone else, your domestic partnership is dissolved.
How We Can Help
Ending a domestic partnership can be confusing. The laws are regularly changing and you want to ensure you are making the right decisions throughout this difficult process. Terminating a domestic partnership can be increasingly complicated if children, property, or debt are involved. As an experienced divorce lawyer in Huntington Simonetti & Associates is here to help. Contact our office today find out how we can help.