With the breakthrough Supreme Court rulings relating to the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, the question arises: what becomes of registered domestic partnerships in California and the accompanying registered domestic partner status?
First of all, there are domestic partners that are not same-sex. Seniors, who may also be registered domestic partners, among others, form unions for different reasons, often financial. For them, the registered domestic partner status will retain support.
Second, there are same-sex partnerships that for one reason or another will not opt to get married. Shulman Family Law Group continues to provide legal services to any couple seeking registered domestic partnership or to understand how the law applies to them in the new environment.
Some domestic partners will have to dissolve the partnership and will need assistance in navigating the complexities of property valuation and division. Some are interested in spousal support and how it applies to their situation.
The lawyers at Shulman Family Law Group, are familiar with all the legal issues that arise from registered domestic partner status:
Divorce for couples legally married in California
Dissolution of domestic partnerships
Division of marital/partnership property and debt
Child custody and visitation
Modifications to orders
Financial and medical powers of attorney
Health and disability insurance issues
Pension benefits, including retroactive benefits for state employees
Estate and taxation issues
At the family law firm of Shulman Family Law Group, clients expect superior communications, unsurpassed expertise and professionalism in all that we do.
These are evolving times in California family law. Statutes and case law are changing rapidly. At Shulman Family Law Group, we stay current with these changes to deliver maximum protection to you and your loved ones.