Experienced Domestic Partnership Divorce & Dissolution Attorney Serving Portland Area LGBTQ Couples
Although same-sex marriage has been legalized on a federal level, there are many LGBTQ couples who entered into domestic partnerships before and after 2015. Dissolving these partnerships is similar to typical divorce, though there may be fewer protected rights and regulations regarding the division of assets, custody, and other aspects relative to marital dissolution.
Lee Tyler Family Law, P.C. has extensive experience helping clients in the Portland metropolitan area fairly and efficiently end domestic partnerships. We are eager to help you move forward, as well.
Domestic Partnership Divorce
Technically speaking, the end of a domestic partnership is not considered a divorce under the law. This means there may be some key differences between a marital dissolution and domestic partnership termination. For example, the court may rule that some “divorcing” partners are not entitled to seek spousal support or reimbursement of attorney fees. It truly depends on your situation and the specifics of your domestic partnership.
Dissolving a Domestic Partnership
Oregon requires couples terminating a domestic partnership to file similar forms and follow the same judicial process as those seeking a divorce. You and your soon-to-be-ex-partner will have to either agree to the terms of your partnership termination or appear in court to determine the following (if applicable):
- Equitable division of assets & property
- Division of debts
- Child custody & support
- Parenting time rights
- Spousal support
Advocating For You & Your Rights
Even if you and your partner are separating amicably and in agreement with one another about the terms of your dissolution, it’s always best to consult with a competent family law attorney with extensive knowledge of this area of law. We can help you anticipate any unforeseen complications, negotiate terms with your partner and their legal representative, and represent your interests in court if necessary. We’ll ensure that you are legally protected and strive to obtain an equitable portion of any shared assets.