Not all couples living together in a family relationship are married. But the laws governing issues arising out of marriage do not apply to unmarried couples; for the most part, it is up to the couple to put in place a mechanism by which their relationship can be legally treated as a family relationship. A domestic partnership agreement is a document that explains the contractual legal rights and responsibilities of each partner when a couple decides to form a long-term committed relationship. Because at this time same-sex partners cannot legally marry in North Carolina, a domestic partnership agreement is an essential legal document for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender couples. For example, in your domestic partnership agreement, you and your partner can clarify such issues as whether property acquired will be owned jointly or individually, how expenses will be divided, and how children will be provided for. In the event of separation, a domestic partnership agreement can provide guidance for determining child custody issues, support issues and dividing property. The agreement may also specify a dispute resolution mechanism such as mediation or arbitration.
Since 1995, McKinney Perry & Coalter, in Greensboro has been proud to serve the legal interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) clients involved in domestic partnerships. Attorney Rebecca Perry is thoroughly experienced in the thoughtful formation of domestic partnerships and in the effective resolution of the disputes that may arise when a domestic partnership or same-sex union ends.
As a leading Greensboro family law firm, we can provide intelligent legal counsel to same-sex couples interested in becoming parents through adoption, surrogacy, or donor insemination.
To learn more about your rights and your legal options in a domestic partnership situation, please contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with an experienced North Carolina domestic partnership lawyer.
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To discuss your current situation with experienced lawyer, Rebecca Perry, who is dedicated to serving North Carolina families of all shapes, sizes, colors and orientations, please call or e-mail McKinney Perry & Coalter, in Greensboro today. Your initial informative consultation will be completely confidential.
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