Same-Sex Relationships and Domestic Partnerships
Unique Familial Situations
A relationship doesn't need to follow the traditional pattern of marriage to be meaningful and binding.
California family law takes this into consideration with certain procedures to handle situations arising in registered domestic partnerships and co-habitant partners of the opposite or same sex.
Ending Same Sex Marriages and Registered Domestic Partnerships in California
California does not acknowledge same-sex marriages, but recognizes domestic partnerships under many similar rights to married couples. If you and your partner are dissolving your registered partnership, there are a few issues that require attention before you move forward with anything. Learn more about ending same sex marriages and domestic partnerships.
Ending a Registered Domestic Partnership without the Courts
A registered domestic partnership does not need a court procedure to be dissolved. Provided you meet designated requirements in California, the partnership can be ended through the filing of a Notice of Termination of Domestic Partnership to the California Secretary of State. Learn more about ending domestic partnerships without the courts.
What is a Palimony Claim (Marvin claim) for Non-Marital Support?
Under Marvin v. Marvin (1976), the California Supreme Court ruled that non-marital partners have the right to enforce agreements concerning support or property shares. There are quite a few issues to evaluate before filing a Marvin Claim that will clarify the need for such civil action. Learn more about Palimony.
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