Non-traditional families, such as those in domestic partnerships, have some unique challenges when it comes to some aspects of the law. When it comes to domestic partnerships, the challenges can be present for same-sex couples or opposite-sex couples. Knowing your rights and learning how to protect those rights can help you to feel more secure as you enjoy your partnership.
One aspect that must be considered when you are in a domestic partnership is how your partner will be able to interact with you and your medical team if you have a health crisis. Advanced health care directives can help you to ensure that your partner can make decisions for you and help care for you if you become incapacitated. If you are unable to make decisions about your health care, your partner can take the reins if you grant your partner medical powers of attorney.
Another document that is important is the domestic partnership agreement. This is a document that is similar to a prenuptial agreement because it sets the guidelines for what will happen to assets, children and other aspects of your life if you and your partner call it quits. It can even set forth the rules for child custody and parenting time if you have children together.
It is important for you to ensure that you are protected during your domestic partnership. Not only does this help to protect you, but it can also help you to ensure that you and your partner are on the same page when it comes to the ultimate expectations for your relationship.