Helping You And Your Partner Establish A Legal Relationship
People who are not married, whether they are same-sex couples or couples who have chosen not to get married, need to put legal documents in place that give many of the same protections that marriage grants. By drafting these documents, you establish a legal relationship between yourself and your partner, and you take steps to ensure that you each have rights if one of you becomes ill, dies unexpectedly or if you decide to end your relationship.
At The Offices of Keane Law, LLC, our domestic partnership attorneys can help you put these documents in place and solidify the legal standing of your relationship. We guide you and your partner through the process, putting your wishes on paper and formalizing them so there is a document to refer to in emergencies or in the event of your relationship ending.
Denver Same-Sex Couples Attorneys
Our lawyers can draft the following documents for you:
- Domestic partnership agreements — This is a contract between you and your partner to determine what happens to your property and to your children if your relationship ends. It is similar to a prenuptial agreement and lays out specific divisions of property and debt as well as determining parental responsibilities and child support. While child support and child custody are always modifiable, committing your agreement to paper early on may help ease the transition in the event of a breakup or death.
- Advance health care directives — By granting your partner medical powers of attorney, he or she will be able to make important medical decisions and end of life decisions for you if you should become incapacitated. Without these directives in place, your partner has no legal right to make these decisions.
Along with putting these documents in place, Denver and Boulder each has a domestic partner registry, where you and your partner can file for recognition of your relationship. While this does not grant any of the rights or privileges of marriage and is not recognized as marriage in the state of Colorado, it does at least acknowledge that your relationship exists and can be referred to if legal issues arise.