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Understanding Domestic Partnership in Massachusetts

Marriage isn’t for everyone. However, some couples find that they do not receive the same benefits that Massachusetts offers to those who are married. This can be frustrating for those who are committed to each other but have no social desire or religious obligation to marry. While it is not the same as marriage, a domestic partnership can be a great legal alternative to couples who live together.

What is Domestic Partnership in MA?

A domestic partnership is very similar to marriage. It can apply to couples who are not married but live together. Domestic partnerships provide some legal benefits that married couples enjoy. In some states, domestic partnership is also known as a civil union.

Domestic partnerships in MA include the following legal benefits:

  • Hospital visitation rights
  • Family healthcare coverage
  • Correctional facility visitation rights
  • Access to a dependent child’s school records
  • The right to remove a child from school for emergencies
  • Bereavement leave
  • Sick leave to care for a partner
  • Shared employment benefits from a partner

Requirements for MA Domestic Partnership

Those who register for domestic partnership must be over the age of 18 and unmarried. To make a domestic partnership official, the relationship must be declared at a courthouse or government office. If a relationship ends, those in a domestic partnership must inform the government.

Other requirements for a domestic partnership in MA include the following:

  • The couple shares living expenses
  • The couple is responsible for the well-being of each other and any dependents
  • Both parties are mentally capable of entering into a contract
  • Both parties do not have a domestic partnership with someone else already

If you are not certain if a domestic partnership is right for you, call an experienced family law attorney from Miller Law Group, P.C. today. We’re ready to help you decide if a domestic partnership will benefit your living situation.