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What is a domestic partnership in Colorado?

Domestic partnerships are one legal option for relationships in Colorado. In some municipalities, such as the City of Boulder, you can pay a fee to have your domestic partnership registered. You don't have to be a resident of the city to take advantage of this possibility.

What do I need to do to get into a domestic partnership?

You and your partner must go to the city clerk together at the time of the appointment you made in advance. You need to bring proof that you share the same address. This can be joint financial statements, official mail sent to the address with each person's name on it or driver's licenses with the same address on them. You both need a photo ID, as well as the registration fee. You will sign forms that make the domestic partnership legal.

Who can enter into a domestic partnership?

You can't be married, but must share a residence. You can't be related in any way that would make a marriage illegal in the state. You must be at least 18 years old and mentally capable of entering into a contract. You have to be in a monogamous relationship with each other.

How can a domestic partnership be stopped?

Either party can file a termination form with the city clerk. Both parties can sign the form if possible. If only one person signs the form, they must provide proof that they notified the other party of the end of the partnership.

You should make sure that you understand the responsibilities that come with a domestic partnership. Exploring this option can help you to weigh the points that matter to you against other options that you have, such as marriage.

Source: City of Boulder, Colorado, "Domestic Partnership," accessed Aug. 04, 2016

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