In many relationships, there comes a time when the couple realizes that they are no longer a suitable match. For a family law attorney, this means that there will be a need to untangle their lives, which can include property, children, and emotions. Regardless of whether you have a marriage – which can often be more complicated – or a domestic partnership, it is important to understand that splitting up assets and lives is never an easy event.
The law recognizes a domestic partnership as a special relationship that has many of the same rights and privileges offered to a married couple. While this is a good thing during the relationship, it can make separating these assets much more complicated when a domestic partnership separation occurs. A family lawyer will treat a separating domestic partnership exactly the same as we would a regular separation or divorce. The sex of either partner is of no consequence to the courts, and hence of no relevance to the separation.
Typically, your family lawyer wants to secure you the most property and certainly have the most sentimental possessions go with you in any separation or divorce. From the court’s perspective, there are three distinct ways that a domestic partnership can separate property.
Whenever there are children involved, regardless of if it is a domestic partnership or a marriage, both family lawyers and family law courts will examine what is in the best interest of the child. As such, you will need to have a comprehensive plan on your child’s future. This must include:
Where will the child live during the week? Which one of the domestic partners will have the larger role and responsibility?
This includes answering questions about how long the child will spend with the other parent, laying out days for visitation, and ensuring that transportation needs are met.
The financial obligations of child support are the same in a domestic partnership separation as they are in a regular separation. A family lawyer can go over how this is determined in detail and make sure that you:
Every decision made in a child’s life cannot be determined by the courts. As such, the parenting plan will lay out who is primarily responsible for decisions like schooling, religious upbringing, and non-emergency medical decisions in the child’s life.
Family law and family lawyers make no distinction between a domestic partnership and a marriage when it comes to allocating maintenance. If you are seeking maintenance, you should know there are important criteria to prove before a judge will award domestic partnership maintenance. These include:
How long have the domestic partners been together? Often, this is the foundation for how much, if any, financial obligation one person has to the other when the relationship ends.
There are numerous ways to end a domestic partnership , including giving written notice to the other partner. The best and often least complicated way to separate a domestic partnership is to use a lawyer in Rancho Cucamonga who can guide you through the process so it is much less arduous.
If you and your domestic partner are separating, contact The Law Office of Laurence J. Brock HERE or call at (909) 466-7661 . By scheduling a consultation, we can review your case and make recommendations as to the best way to proceed with separating your lives and your assets.