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Domestic Partnership Portland Oregon


The end of a long-term relationship or domestic partnership can present a very complex set of challenges.  Domestic partnership law is an emerging branch of family law that is an umbrella covering cohabitation, meretricious relationship law, paternity, and domestic partnership. The term common law marriage is often used in discussion of domestic partnerships.  It encompasses long-term heterosexual relationships as well as same sex unions. Domestic partnership law addresses multifaceted issues like custody and division of assets.  These issues can be challenging to work out during the dissolution of a relationship that lacks the traditional definition of divorce.  Navigating through the termination of a long-term relationship can be difficult. Often times you will face many of the same issues as a married couple but with more ambiguity. Having a knowledgeable and dedicated family law attorney will ease the transition to being single while protecting your rights and your interests. 


Domestic partnership law is easily confused with Oregon’s Domestic Partnership relationship status. Domestic Partnership in Oregon is a status granted to couples registered with the state as domestic partners and meeting specific criteria. Oregon defines domestic partnership as: “the civil contract entered into in person between two individuals of the same sex who are at least 18 years of age, who are otherwise capable and at least one of whom is a resident of Oregon.” Domestic partnership law covers the legal issues surrounding unmarried couples.

Whether you are ending a long-term relationship or ready to embark on cohabitation, our family law attorneys will help you establish an equitable distribution of assets, property, and debt —and lay the groundwork for protecting your future assets and rights.