Domestic Partnerships

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A domestic partnership is a legal relationship between two adults who share a common domestic life, and live in the same household. Domestic partners can’t be related by blood or adoption. Each state enacts their own laws regarding domestic partnerships. Generally there is a contractual agreement between domestic partners about the ownership of property, support obligations and other issues. Depending on the state, domestic partnership law may provide the same protections, benefits, rights, and duties to domestic partners as they do to married couples. A domestic partnership, depending on state laws, may be between a man and a woman or between individuals of the same gender.

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