North Carolina Domestic Partnership Services
Unmarried couples or gay or lesbian couples who want to legally craft agreements for child custody, child support or property division can easily do so through a cohabitation agreement or domestic partnership agreement. This is an important step in recognizing the relationship under the law and preparing for the possibility of separation because North Carolina’s laws of equitable distribution don’t apply to unmarried or homosexual couples.
Domestic Partnership Benefits and Agreements
Without formal legal recognition of a relationship, it can be very difficult for a significant other to make important decisions on behalf of the other partner, especially in times of serious injury or death. That’s why a binding legal agreement can supplant the lack of laws that apply to unmarried or same-sex couples. A legal agreement can contain the following types of provisions:
- Child custody and visitation
- Property, business, and income joint ownership
- A beneficiary designation of the other partner
- Medical decision-making power
- Power of Attorney
Establishing a domestic partnership is a critical agreement that will advise the court or another third party on the partner’s rights. Our attorneys handle only a select number of domestic partnership cases to allow for customized legal advice specific to the couple.