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Same Sex Relationships

Domestic Partnerships

New York State does not recognize marriages between individuals of the same sex. Individuals in same sex relationships who seek to outline their responsibilities to each other in a legal manner can enter into domestic partnership agreements. These agreements can deal with legal issues involving assets, property rights and children. Although, domestic partnership agreements are often used by same sex couples, they can also be utilized by couples in heterosexual relationships.

An unmarried couple with shared assets can obtain legal protection in the event of a break up if they enter into a domestic partnership agreement. These agreements deal not only with the break up of the parties but also with circumstances in which one party marries another individual or either of the parties die. Domestic partnership agreements in same sex relationships are similar to prenuptial and postnuptial agreements that are utilized in relationships between members of opposite sexes. These agreements should deal with issues involving the division of property, spousal maintenance, health insurance coverage, division of pensions and 401K plans and other significant issues.

In the City of New York, in order to enter into a domestic partnership, the couple must register their relationship with the City Clerk and attest to their devotion to each other. If you are in a committed relationship and you seek to deal with issues involving property, debts, support or the potential dissolution of the relationship, a domestic partnership agreement may be appropriate for you. Contact our NY / Long Island Domestic Partnership Attorneys at: (800) 344-6431 for a free consultation.

Contact an Experienced Same-Sex Relationship Lawyer

Contact Us for a free consultation to discuss your case and our qualifications to represent you. Feel free to call toll free any time, day or night, at 1-800-344-6431, or in Queens, Kings, Richmond and the Bronx at 718-350-2802. You can also reach us in Nassau or Suffolk County at 516-561-6645. We welcome your inquires.

For your convenience, we have offices throughout the New York City metropolitan area, including Queens and Nassau counties. At our law offices, you will receive experienced representation and individual attention. We welcome your questions, and you can count on a straight answer, even if it is not what you may want to hear. Our philosophy is that you need accurate information in order to make an informed decision.

We have offices in Lynbrook, Queens, and Suffolk County, and we represent individuals throughout the New York metropolitan area, including Long Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Westchester County; and NYC’s five boroughs of The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.

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For a free consultation to discuss your family law matter with an experienced same-sex relations attorney, call us toll free at 1-800-344-6431.

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