Domestic Partnerships

Not every happy, committed couple chooses to get married. For cohabitating couples who want to make their relationship official outside of the standard marriage context, their options are domestic partnerships or civil unions. A domestic partnership is a legally-recognized relationship that offers non-married couples the same or similar benefits as those provided to married couples. Not all states recognize domestic partnerships within a legal context. FindLaw's Domestic Partnerships section has information and resources to help you decide if a domestic partnership is the right next step for your relationship.