Domestic Partnerships

A domestic partnership is when two unmarried people choose to live together for an extended period of time, sharing property and possibly finances in a similar fashion as a married couple. A couple in such an arrangement can face many of the same issues as a married couple, especially in the case of the termination of the relationship or death of one of the partners.

In some cases, it may be advisable to have a domestic partnership agreement, also known as a cohabitation agreement, in place to protect your assets and especially children, if any are a part of the relationship. Such an agreement outlines the obligations of each partner and protects their interests in the case of the termination of the relationship or the death of one of the partners. Domestic partnership agreements cover such topics as joint ownership of assets; distribution of payments in the case of a separation; and child support and custody rights in the case of a permanent split.

Domestic partnerships are an emerging area of family law in Pennsylvania, and there are no national guidelines for how the law is applied. If you are looking to enter into such an arrangement, or are moving from another jurisdiction, the experienced domestic relations attorneys at Raffaele Puppio can guide you through the legalities of a domestic partnership in Delaware County with respect for both your and your partner’s wishes.

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