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Domestic partnerships have responsibilities and benefits

Even though same-sex marriage has become legal nationwide, some people might still opt to use a domestic partnership as the legal basis for their cohabitation agreement. The domestic partnership has some benefits that you should be aware of so that you can decide if this is an option that you want to consider.

One thing that you must know about domestic partnership agreements is that they might not all provide the same benefits. Some benefits, such as those that are employer sponsored might not be offered any longer because of recognition of same-sex marriage. If you have questions about specific benefits, you should get answers to those questions before you make a determination about a domestic partnership.

When you are in a domestic partnership, your partner is viewed as your legal spouse. This affords them with several benefits that can help make your life easier. You would be considered the same as a married couple for tax purposes. The domestic partnership status could also impact life insurance, death benefits and family leave.

In Boulder, you can apply for a domestic partnership at the Office of the City Clerk. Make sure that you understand the requirements of the union, as well as the responsibilities each of you will have once the partnership is registered. This can help you to ensure that you are ready to take this step.

You will need to make an appointment to get this taken care of. Up until the time of your appointment, you should think carefully to ensure that this is the avenue that you want to pursue for your relationship.

Source: FindLaw, "Domestic Partner Benefits," accessed Dec. 16, 2016

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