Menlo Park Family Lawyers for Domestic Partnerships
& Same-Sex Marriages
Because same-sex family law issues are fairly new to the field of family
law, they require the nuanced and careful attention of a legal professional.
Not all family law firms have the resources or skills required to tackle
same-sex family law cases, such as same-sex marriage. This could potentially
lead to irreversible consequences that could have been avoided. Our Menlo
Park family lawyers approach same-sex family law cases as a team to ensure
no detail is left unaddressed.
At Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP, we provide sophisticated legal
representation to same-sex domestic partners in Menlo Park and throughout
the Peninsula, as well as in San Ramon and throughout the East Bay.
In California, same-sex and domestic partnership couples are granted the
same rights and responsibilities as married couples. Two individuals (of
the same or opposite sex, who are of a certain age) in a committed relationship
who live together can register as domestic partners and receive the same
benefits shared by husband and wife. Our firm represents same-sex couples
filing for divorce in all categories; those who entered into a domestic
partnership, those who entered into domestic partnership before the legalization
of same-sex marriage and then legally married, as well as those that married
after the legalization.
What Benefits Are Offered to Domestic Partners?
Because the state recognizes domestic partnerships as the equivalent of
marriage, couples who register as domestic partners can receive the same
legal benefits of marriage. These include:
- Coverage on family health insurance policies
- Sick and / or bereavement leave
- Visitation rights in hospitals and jails
- Accident and life insurance
- Parental leave (if co-parenting a child)
- Housing rights at universities (and tuition reduction)
- Death benefits
In the event you and your domestic partner decide to end the relationship,
these benefits could be lost. Any shared property and assets will also
be at stake. An attorney can guide you through the process of terminating
the domestic partnership to ensure your rights are protected in the division
of shared property and the establishment of custody and support agreements.
Ending Domestic Partnerships & Filing for Divorce
Ending a domestic partnership requires legal attention to matters concerning
child custody and support, visitation rights, and division of assets.
Whether you're filing a notice of termination, dissolving the domestic
partnership, or terminating it, an attorney should be present to protect
your rights and represent your interests. At Flicker, Kerin, Kruger &
Bissada LLP, we work closely as a team to create personalized resolutions
to our clients' legal issues. We handle all domestic partnership cases
with empathetic support and a professional attention to detail at our
offices in San Ramon and Menlo Park. We also represent clients in same-sex
divorces and work strategically to protect their rights and interests.