Domestic Partnership Agreements
Stolar & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation: Creating a Blueprint
for Your Relationship
California recognizes a gay or lesbian couple's right to legally establish
a family with a domestic partnership. Stolar & Associates, A Professional
Law Corporation believes the preparation of a domestic partnership agreement
or a premarital agreement can be a valuable part of the process of establishing
a family. The agreement outlines the way in which community property,
separate property, and mutual support will be awarded in the event of
dissolution of the partnership or death of one party.
The most common reasons for domestic partnership agreements include the
- To maintain a clear separation of property, assets, and debt each party had
- To preserve one partner's assets for his or her children
Considering a domestic partnership agreement? Call us at (310) 984-1411 for an
initial consultation about your specific situation.
Be Sure Your Agreement Is Drafted by a Qualified Lawyer
As with any other contract, the success or failure of a domestic partnership
agreement lies in the details. Do-it-yourself pre-partnership agreements
often provide a false sense of security to the partners. It is extremely
important that you work with a domestic partnership agreement attorney
with the appropriate experience when preparing your agreement. It is not
unusual for the court to determine that a domestic partnership agreement
When deciding whether to enforce an agreement, the court will consider
- It must be fair.
- Both signers must have understood fully what they were signing.
- The proper disclosures must be included.
- There can be no evidence of fraud or coercion.
Pre-Domestic Partnership Registration Agreement
Cohabiting couples often seek to establish domestic partnership registration
agreements as a legal means of protecting their rights. In the words of
the Beverly Hills county code, domestic partnerships indicate "mutual
interdependence and an abiding concern for each other's well-being."
Domestic partners generally share a common household and share financial
responsibility for their joint household expenses. They frequently own
property together and often authorize each other to act on each other's
behalf in emergency circumstances. As experienced family law attorneys,
we at Stolar & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation are knowledgeable
in this area of law.
We advise couples to clarify their commitments to each other with regard to:
- Real estate
- Other property
- Mutual financial responsibilities
- Care of children
Creating a Clear & Customized Agreement for Your Situation
Once couples enter into a domestic partnership and register that partnership
with the state of California, there will be hoops to jump through in the
event of a
By designing and formalizing a pre-domestic partnership registration agreement,
couples can be crystal clear about mutual expectations and responsibilities.
We can help you craft a pre-domestic partnership registration agreement
that reflects you and your partner's intentions—much like a
prenuptial agreement protects married people in the event of a divorce. Although you may not
anticipate an eventual separation at this time, in case of a partnership
dissolution, you will want a domestic partnership agreement with teeth.
Beverly Hills Domestic Partnership Agreement Lawyers
At Stolar & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation, our lawyers
have been helping gay and lesbian couples establish strong families since
domestic partnership registration first became available in California.
We have been serving non-traditional families in L.A. courts for more
than thirty years.
If you need reliable legal assistance with a domestic partnership agreement
or premarital agreement,
please contact us without delay. We look forward to helping you.