SAME SEX DIVORCE ATTORNEY
For same sex marriage, the California Domestic Partner Rights and Responsibilities Act (Stats. 2003, Ch. 421) extends to registered domestic partners almost all of the rights, benefits, protections and obligations that apply to spouses under California law both during and upon termination of the union; and makes marriage dissolution, nullity and legal separation procedures applicable to domestic partnerships. [Fam.C. §§ 297.5, 299(d)]
If your domestic partnership is registered in California, you have automatically agreed to the jurisdiction of the California courts to end your domestic partnerships — even if you move away or have never lived in California. So you do NOT need to meet the residency requirements that married couples must meet.
If your domestic partnership was not registered in California, you or your domestic partner must have lived in: California for the last 6 months, and the county where you plan to file the divorce for the last 3 months.
If you and your domestic partner do not live in California, when you file to end your domestic partnership in California, the court may not be able to make orders about other issues like property and debt, partner support, or your children.
If you are in both, a same-sex marriage AND a domestic partnership, and you want to end both at the same time, you must meet the requirements for both.
Same Sex couples have the same rights to support, custody, visitation, property distribution afforded to all married couples in California.
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