“I think long-lasting, healthy relationships are more important than the idea of marriage. At the root of every successful marriage is a strong partnership.”
— Carson Daly
When two people decide to live together, without being married (for whatever reason), the domestic partners usually make joint purchases, share their property with one another, share finances together, and sometimes make verbal arrangements with one another about how they will handle certain financial issues as their relationship changes. While gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered couples commonly made this choice prior to marriage equality, any couples, regardless of sexual orientation, who live together without being married may be a candidates for a domestic partnership agreement. Whatever your sexual orientation and whatever your reasons for choosing domestic partnership, a domestic partnership agreement is essential for clarifying each individual’s rights in the event of the termination of the relationship.
Our attorneys at McCabe Russell, PA, will help you craft solutions that work for you and your domestic partner. Each agreement is unique and considers your individual and joint assets, your family structure, and your short and long-term family goals. Our lawyers have 25 years of experience drafting comprehensive domestic partnership agreements to help you protect your resources in the event the relationship ends.
Building A Strong Agreement
Your domestic partnership agreement is a legally binding contract that outlines the rights and obligations of the individuals in the relationship who intend to live together but do not wish to be married. Domestic partnership agreements can address issues such as:
- Jointly owned property, including real estate;
- The legal and financial obligations of each partner when they decide to separate; and
- Whether monthly payments will be made to either partner at separation.
Without a domestic partnership agreement, separating partners can encounter many legal questions that may require both parties to hire legal counsel, leading to expensive and protracted litigation.
If you are entering or in a domestic partnership, our experienced family lawyers at McCabe Russell, PA, will assist you with crafting an agreement that is complete and durable. McCabe Russell, PA, has more than 25 years drafting and reviewing reliable domestic agreements. To make an appointment in our Fulton (Howard County) office or our Rockville (Montgomery County) office, please call 443.812.1435 or fill out our contact form.