California does not recognize common law marriage, wherein a couple lives together as thought they were husband and wife although they are not legally married. The state does, however, provide for Registered Domestic Partnerships, in which same sex couples may be afforded similar rights to those of married couples. Similarly, if the relationship comes to an end, they must undergo certain legal processes to officially end the union and conclude matters relating to finances and children. An attorney who is experienced with such matters can assist you in undertaking this process in the most strategic and effective manner.
DISSOLVING DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS
Usually, a domestic partnership must be dissolved by way of a court action the same as that required for a divorce. In some circumstances, when the domestic partnership has been established less than five years, a filing with the Secretary of State may be all that is required. For the dissolution to be simple and uncontested it must involve no children within the relationship, little joint property or debt and no real estate. The couple must also review certain materials, execute a property division agreement and waive claims to domestic partner support. With these factors in place, the dissolution of the partnership will become official six months after the filing unless consent is revoked by either party.
DO YOU NEED EFFECTIVE LEGAL COUNSEL?
At Mansouri Law Offices, we can assist you with the dissolution of your domestic partnership whichever way you are required to file. In either instance, we can review your case to ensure you are taking the path that will best protect your rights and serve your priorities. Where a filing with the Secretary of State is not an option, we can fight for a favorable settlement or orders regarding property division and your children.