Domestic Partnership & Civil Union





Domestic Partnership & Civil Union Laws in the U.S. Copyright HG.org

Domestic Partnership & Civil Union Basics

Civil Union and Domestic Partnership refers to relationships between two people who live together that are legally recognized by some of the U.S. States. The rules and definitions vary from state to state. Although domestic partnerships and civil unions are more commonly associated with same sex couples, this is not always the case. Some states require that both parties be of the same sex in order to enter into a domestic partnership or civil union, while others don't make this distinction, but instead focus on an age requirement (i.e. senior citizens) for opposite sex couples.

Domestic partnerships and civil unions typically offer many, if not all, of the same protections, rights and responsibilities that parties to a marriage have the benefit of. Therefore, this allows parties to a civil union and domestic partners who are unable to legally marry, to instead enter into a legally binding relationship which has similar characteristics.

The processes and laws governing dissolution or termination of a domestic partnership or a civil union also vary greatly from one jurisdiction to another.

Domestic Partnership Laws by State

Domestic Partnership laws and those governing their dissolution are only recognized by some U.S. States and vary greatly. The following links provide general overviews of individual states' domestic partnership laws for the states that legally recognize these partnerships.

Civil Union Laws by State

Civil union laws and those governing their dissolution are only recognized by some U.S. States and vary greatly. The following links provide general overviews of individual states' civil union laws for the states that legally recognize them.


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