Below, you will find a few commonly asked questions related to domestic
partnership in the state of California:
If I live in California, how do I register my domestic partnership?
In the state of California, same-sex partners and couples with one partner
who is 62 years of age or older are eligible for
domestic partnership registration. Couples may register with the state by completing a Declaration of Domestic
Partnership Form NP/SF DP-1. Both signatures on the application must be
notarized and a fee will be payable to the Secretary of State.
Will I have to re-register as laws change and affect domestic partnerships?
In the past, domestic partners have not been required to re-register as
laws have changed. However, it is hard to predict what may happen in the
future. In the event that re-registration is required, it is always a
wise idea to make sure your address is current with the Secretary of State
to ensure you are kept informed.
How can I terminate my domestic partnership?
In order to terminate a domestic partnership in California, you will have
to initiate a dissolution proceeding with the Superior Court. This can
be accomplished on your own or with the help of a
family law attorney.
If you have additional questions related to domestic partnership in California,
contact Claery & Hammond, LLP to speak with a Los Angeles family lawyer.