Domestic Partnership Attorneys/Lawyers in Everett, WA (Snohomish County)
On December 6, 2012, Washington State’s domestic partnership laws changed significantly when voter-approved Referendum 74 went into effect which not only allows same-sex couples to marry in Washington, but also limits the scope of domestic partnerships. Until June 30, 2014, for a domestic partnership to qualify to register with Washington State, the partnership must be between two people of the same sex, or between two people where at least one person is at least 62 years old. In addition, both partners must:
Proper filing of a domestic partnership requires the partners to:
Registration of your domestic partnership with Washington State is different from registration with the City of Seattle or another local government. Local registrations typically provide some domestic partnership benefits and protections, but do not automatically register you and your partner with the State Domestic Partner Registry, which provides for more expansive benefits and protections under state law.
Beginning June 30, 2014, only couples where at least one partner is at least 62 years old will be permitted to register or remain registered as domestic partners, regardless of whether they are same-sex or different-sex. Registration requirements will stay the same.
Same-sex partners in registered domestic partnerships where at least one partner is not 62 years old by June 30, 2014 will have three options before June 30, 2014—namely:
Otherwise, on June 30, 2014, the domestic partnership will automatically convert to a legal marriage without any action by either partner.
Changing a domestic partnership to a legal marriage follows the same procedures as a marriage. The process requires properly applying for a marriage license and having a valid marriage ceremony. The registered domestic partnership will automatically dissolve on the date of marriage, but the legal date of marriage will be the date of the original registered domestic partnership.
Dissolving a domestic partnership follows the same procedures as dissolving a marriage. The process requires filing and completing a dissolution action in Superior Court. As with marriages involving dependent children, if domestic partners have children together, the Court may enter an Order of child support and a parenting plan.
Out-of-state civil unions, domestic partnerships, and marriages may conflict with in-state marriages and domestic partnership registrations. Such conflicts may complicate how the relationship is characterized in Washington. Generally, Washington State will recognize the status, rights, and responsibilities of out-of-state civil unions, domestic partnerships, marriages, and the like to the same extent Washington State would recognize in-state equivalents.
Laws/procedures are subject to change and the information on this website is for informational purposes only and does not constitute the giving of legal advice. Contact Berner Law Group, PLLC to speak with a Domestic Partnership lawyer/attorney in Snohomish County today! We’re conveniently located directly across the street from the Snohomish County Superior Court in downtown Everett.