For some couples, domestic partnerships are the preferred alternative to a marriage. This type of union was created in the 1980s in response to same-sex couples who wanted to enjoy a variety of rights. Generally, domestic partnerships allow couples to have the same benefits as married couples if the domestic partnership is registered.
The benefits that people in a domestic partnership enjoy vary greatly. Some of the possible benefits include death benefits, health insurance, parental rights, family leave, life insurance and tax benefits. In order to get the allowed benefits, the couple must ensure that their partnership is recognized as valid and legal. This means registering it according to the local and state laws. It also means meeting specific requirements set forth by applicable laws.