Domestic Partnership Agreement
A domestic partnership agreement is a document that explains the contractual legal rights and responsibilities of each partner when a couple decides to form a long-term committed relationship. For example, in your domestic partnership agreement, you and your partner can determine:
- Whether a particular piece of real or personal property is owned jointly or belongs solely to one partner and how one or both parties took title to that property;
- Whether a gift or inheritance made to one partner is held jointly or individually
- Who is responsible for household duties and chores;
- How to share your income.
In the event of potential disputes or misunderstandings, a domestic partnership agreement can help clarify ownership of property, provide guidance for dividing property in the event of a separation and specify a dispute resolution mechanism such as arbitration. Because some states do not recognize the validity of domestic partnership agreements, it is recommended that you consult an attorney in your area.
Disclaimer: These sample legal documents are for informational purposes only and may or may not be valid in your particular state. They also may not include the particular provisions you need. We strongly recommend that you consult a competent family or estate planning attorney who is familiar with these issues. It is also important that you understand that the information and sample legal documents provided here in no way constitute, and should not be relied upon, as legal advice.