This challenging time is prompting many couples to reevaluate their relationships. Disagreements and arguments may lead to more breakups and even divorces within the upcoming months and years. If you and your partner have established a registered domestic partnership in Oregon, you may wonder about your options for dissolving the partnership so you can go your separate ways. It’s important to understand what to expect from the dissolution process so that you can prepare yourselves for what’s next.
Domestic Partnership in Oregon
The state of Oregon allows two people over the age of 18 to enter into a domestic partnership. The process is fairly straightforward, as the pair is required to complete a document, called a “Declaration of Domestic Partnership,” have it notarized, and submit the completed form to the County Clerk. In response, the County Clerk will send the couple a “Certificate of Registered Domestic Partnership.” A domestic partnership was a way for same-sex couples to access many of the benefits of marriage before same-sex marriage was legalized in 2015. While many couples with registered domestic partnerships eventually entered into marriage, others did not. So, if people in a domestic partnership are deciding to go their separate ways, they need to know what steps to take moving forward.
Dissolving a Domestic Partnership
In Oregon, the terms “divorce” and “dissolution” refer to the same process. Whether the court is dissolving a marriage or domestic partnership, the term “dissolution” applies to both situations. Like a divorce, dissolving a domestic partnership requires that both partners negotiate the terms of their separation, such as the division of assets, property, and debts. If you have children, you’ll also need to determine child custody and child support arrangements. The more you and your partner are able to collaborate throughout the dissolution process, the more empowered and satisfied you’ll likely feel about the outcome.
Whether you are pursuing a divorce or dissolution of a domestic partnership, you’re probably facing many questions right now. Working with a knowledgeable divorce and dissolution attorney can give you the reassurance and confidence you need to successfully navigate the process. As you and your attorney negotiate the terms of your dissolution, through mediation or in court, you can trust that your best interests are being safeguarded so that you can enjoy a bright future.
To learn more about dissolving a domestic partnership in Oregon, reach out to the Portland office of Lee Tyler Family Law, P.C., at (503) 336-9791 today to speak to a trusted and empathetic family law attorney.