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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.