Domestic Partnership

Eagle Law Offices, P.S. can assist with filing your domestic partnership with the state of Washington. To be eligible for a state registered domestic partnership, parties must either be a same sex couple or an opposite sex couple with at least one partner age 62 years or older and:

  • Both partners must be at least 18 years of age
  • Partners must share a common residence
  • Neither partner may be in a marriage or a different domestic partnership
  • Both partners must be able to legally consent to the domestic partnership
  • The partners must be no closer than second cousins

A domestic partnership affords the following medical and death-related rights to the state registered domestic partners:

  • Hospital visitation
  • Medical decision making
  • Receive health information about partner
  • Privacy and shared room in long-term care facility
  • Administer deceased partner’s estate
  • Recognition on partner’s death certificate
  • Authorize autopsy, receive copy of autopsy report and make an anatomical gift
  • Control disposition of remains
  • Seek damages for a partner’s wrongful death
  • Inherit without a will
  • Burial as a couple
  • Health insurance (for state employees only)
  • Equal protection married individuals possess against duty to repay public medical costs upon death of partner
  • State estate tax protection
  • Pension and survivor benefits for public employees

Dissolution of a domestic partnership is similar to dissolution of a marriage.  A domestic partnership affords the following family law rights to the state registered domestic partners:

  • Dissolution of the domestic partnership
  • Community property rights
  • Joint responsibility for partners’ debts, including family expenses and children’s education
  • Exemption from real estate tax for property transferred via dissolution or to create community property
  • Parenting plan and child support obligations
  • Right to seek spousal support
  • Protection under domestic violence laws

If you need information regarding dissolution of your state registered domestic partnership, the attorneys at Eagle Law Offices, P.S. will assist you in understanding your rights and protecting your interests. Contact us today at 206-426-6961.

 

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