Pursuant to recent California legislation, same-sex relationships are now recognized in California and afford individuals various rights and responsibilities. Partners of the same sex who are 18 years of age, emancipated, or heterosexual couples with a partner over the age of 62 may register as domestic partners. Registration bestows certain limited rights. As of January 1, 2005, registered domestic partners will have the same California rights and responsibilities as married spouses with the exception of certain tax categorization and certain long term healthcare liability. We are able to assist in the completion and filing of domestic partnership registration documents, as well as terminating existing partnerships. As of January 1, 2005, the termination process of a registered domestic partnership will be the same as for married people.

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