Domestic partnerships are an often misunderstood aspect of family law. With the legalization of same-sex marriage, many people may be wondering what the differences, advantages and disadvantages of each option are. While Colorado allows couples to register a domestic partnerships, it’s important to understand that this does not give the couple the same rights and privileges of a marriage. If the couple decided to end the relationship later on, there is also a much different procedure for as well.
A domestic partnership is not the same thing as a marriage. You will not have the same rights as if you were a legal spouse, but it can be an attractive option because there it is easier and quicker to end a domestic partnership than a marriage in most cases.
If you are considering entering into a legal domestic partnership, a domestic partnership agreement is a crucial step. Because domestic partnerships are not given the same weight as a marriage, the property division laws are different. Drafting and signing a domestic partnership agreement, however, lets you and your partner set the terms for how you will divide your property in the event that the relationship ends.
You may also be able to set some parameters for parental responsibilities or child support if you plan to have children, but it’s important to understand that these may still be modified by the family courts. A family law attorney can give you more information on what can and cannot be included in your domestic partnership agreement. An attorney can also help you understand what parts you may be able to change later on.