Navigating LGBT Family Law

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 following:

  • 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 is invalid.

When deciding whether to enforce an agreement, the court will consider the following:

  • 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 partnership dissolution.

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.

We Treat Our Clients Like Family

  • You kept encouraging me to keep the faith regarding my kids, and now I see only bright days ahead.

    “Thank you. I appreciate everything about you. You held my hand through some dark days. You kept encouraging me to keep the faith regarding my kids, and now I see only bright days ahead.”

    Former Client

  • You guys were the best ever, you are my friends for life.

    “Wow! I can’t believe it. I’m officially divorced. My home sale just closed yesterday. My kids are talking to me again. This is a great week! You guys were the best ever, you are my friends for life. You took great care of me throughout. I’m not sure if I’m going down that road again, but if I ever do and, God forbid, l get into a pickle again, you are my teammates! Thank you again for everything!!”

    Former Client

  • I'm thanking God I contacted your firm!

    “Thank you both for all of your help. I'm thanking God I contacted your firm!”

  • "My case was completely solved in 30 days"

    “I had been to 4 different lawyers in 12 months. They could not get my case done for a year. Mr. Stolar got the case and in 30 days it was out of my life. This firm is excellent, they get the job done fast.”

  • "Mr. Stolar knows how to get the most for his clients."

    “I felt like I was the number one priority for them. They got the most for my children from a father. My ed didn't want to give our children anything. Mr. Stolar knows how to get the most for his clients. Thanks!!!!”

  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • Lead Counsel Rated
  • Avvo Clients' Choice Award, Divorce
  • The National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers
  • Nation's Top  1% 2018
  • Beverly Hills Bar
  • Avvo 10.0 Superb Top Attorney Family
  • ABA