If you are considering a domestic partner termination, you need to make sure your rights are protected. The best way to ensure this protection is to select a law firm that has a thorough knowledge of the most current laws regarding domestic partnership termination. The Law Offices of Joseph Torri have made it a priority to stay current on these laws to in order to help our clients in the best way possible.
In 2003, the California Domestic Partner Rights and Responsibilities Act was passed and granted gay couples who wished to be recognized as a legal couple the same state rights and responsibilities that heterosexual couples have experienced for years. The Law Offices of Joseph Torri have provided valuable legal services to individuals seeking domestic partnership termination in Whittier and surrounding areas for several years and we would like to assist you as well.
Understand Your Domestic Partnership Termination Rights – Don’t Lose What is Rightfully Yours!
In order to terminate your domestic partnership, you must meet certain guidelines. Here are those requirements:
- You must live in California
- You must have resided in the state for a minimum of six months
- You must have resided in your current county for a minimum of three months
- You must have registered your domestic partnership with California
However, if you live in another state that does not recognize domestic partnerships you do not have to meet the residency requirement.
It is also important to know that California is a no-fault divorce state, so you do not have to prove that one party was responsible for the need for termination of the domestic partnership. This same guideline applies to the termination of domestic partnerships. You simply need to state “irreconcilable differences” and the court will begin the process. You will be able to terminate your domestic partnership even in the event that the other party does not agree to its termination. If you need assistance in terminating your domestic partnership, contact the Joe Torri law firm right away.
Avoiding the Domestic Partnership Termination Pitfalls
The termination of a domestic partnership involves complex issues. The court will make determinations on several issues, including:
- Child custody
- Child visitation
- Child support
- Domestic partner support
- Division of property
- Allocation of outstanding debt
Domestic partnerships are a relatively new concept under California law and are often difficult to litigate. Complex issues may arise, such as which partner will be considered the custodial parent and how to distribute protected assets that do not recognize domestic partnerships, such as pension plans and other financial products. Although domestic partnerships are legal arrangements in California, these partnerships are not recognized by federal laws. These matters are very important and require the assistance of a skilled attorney to influence a positive resolution of the case.
Do not go through this trying situation alone. The Law Office of Joseph Torri can assist you with each aspect of the termination of domestic partnership process.
The Law Offices of Joseph Torri are on Your Side
Although many couples begin the process of a domestic partnership termination with good intentions, issues may arise that make the process less than amicable. A lawyer can provide you with your own advocate during a stressful period. A lawyer can assist you with each issue concerning the termination of a domestic partnership, including identifying community property, proving that you should retain custody of the children, acquiring child support and negotiating a fair division of community property.
The Law Offices of Joseph Torri has the experience and expertise necessary to represent your rights in a proficient and professional manner.
If you need assistance with a domestic partnership termination, contact the Law Offices of Joseph Torri at (866) 630-5757.