Domestic Partnership Dissolution

Domestic Partnership Dissolution can be handled in a couple different ways depending on the circumstances.

Summary Dissolution is a quick remedy to terminate a domestic partnership for those who qualify. Not every domestic partnership is eligible for summary dissolution, and those who are not must go through the normal divorce process to legally terminate the relationship.

In order to qualify for a domestic partnership dissolution you and your partner must both meet all of the following criteria:

  • Both parties must want to terminate the partnership. No one person can file.
  • The domestic partnership must not have lasted more than five (5) years.
  • Must not be pregnant currently or have any children born or adopted into the partnership.
  • Must not owe more than $6,000 for any debts incurred during the length of the domestic partnership. This excludes car loans.
  • Cannot have more than $41,000 worth of property acquired during the length of the partnership.
  • Cannot have separate property totaling more than $41,000, excluding any vehicles.
  • Must agree there will be no support order sought on behalf of either party.
  • Must sign an agreement completed between parties that divides any community property and debts owed. If there is no community property or debts to divide, the parties may also agree to the non-existence of the aforementioned items.

If you and your partner meet the above listed criteria for a summary dissolution, there are strict criteria you and your partner must both meet to qualify. Please contact our office today to discuss whether or not your partnership qualifies.

If you do not qualify for the above, you will need to file a formal Petition in Court to dissolve your domestic partnership. Individuals undergoing a termination of their domestic partnership are placed in a unique situation that has its own particular set of challenges. It is important to retain an attorney who is aware of the differences between federal and state law in this area and who is able to guide you through this difficult process.

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