Domestic Partnership Agreements

Estate Planning, Property Rights, Assets & Debts

Dissolution of Domestic Partnerships


Mark J. McGowan, Esq.

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Domestic Partnership Attorney

Mark J. McGowan

Beginning any domestic partnership calls for a written agreement defining your interests and expectations, to minimize confusion and conflict down the road. Terminating a domestic partnership requires even more legal expertise, including whether or how you can avoid divorce court.

Regardless how you define your relationship, negotiated written agreements can be extremely helpful in defining and protecting your rights against third-party interference in the event of a serious accident or breakdown in your relationship.

Contact The Law Offices of Mark J. McGowan, PC for help with the practical and legal aspects of your domestic partnership. Our legal expertise, advice, and guidance can help you in such situations as:

  • Documentation and registration of a domestic partnership agreement
  • Estate planning to define rights to inheritance, medical or financial decisions in the event of incapacity or guardianship of minor children
  • Adoption: joint adoption, adoption of a partner’s child or surrogate adoption
  • Clarification of property rights and liability for debts in the event of dissolution
  • Child custody and support concerns in the event of a discontinued relationship

The laws surrounding same sex couples are ever changing. Laws concerning the recognition of same-sex couples are still unsettled. In some areas of the country, your domestic partnership may give you the same rights and responsibilities as married heterosexual couples. If you relocate to a state that does not have the same standards in place, you may risk inheritance rights, parental rights and the ability to make healthcare decisions for an incapacitated partner. Be certain you know your rights surrounding domestic partnership and relocation.

Understanding your legal rights when entering into domestic partnerships can help you avoid later conflicts. Couples seeking to dissolve a domestic partnership need as much legal help as married couples pursuing divorce.


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