There are some cases in which a couple might want to document their relationship without having to take the huge step of getting married. A domestic partnership might be the best choice to do this. Boulder offers a registry for domestic partnerships that allows you to document your relationship. Knowing about the registry might help you to decide if it is a good option for you.
Why should I register my domestic partnership?
A domestic partnership in Colorado doesn’t provide you with any specific responsibilities or rights. It does, however, serve to document the relationship. That documentation might prove useful in a variety of situations. Since those situations might vary from one relationship to the next, you should determine how the domestic partnership might affect you.
What are the requirements for a domestic partnership?
You have to be unmarried, in a committed relationship, and living in the same home to qualify for a domestic partnership. You have to be at least 18 years old. Your partner can’t be related in any way that would bar you from being married in the state. Your relationship has to be exclusive.
Can I end a domestic partnership registration?
It is possible to end a domestic partnership by paying the termination fee and making the city aware that you want the registration ended. The partnership ends when either party passes away. You do have to file a notice that is signed by at least one party in the relationship. If only one person signs the termination form, a copy of it has to be sent to the other party using a verifiable method, such as certified mail.
Source: City of Boulder Colorado, “Domestic Parnership” Aug. 29, 2014