Apply for Domestic Partnership

The requirements to register a domestic partnership can be found in the California Family Code, beginning with section 297(b). One plain copy of the filed Declaration of Domestic Partnership and a Certificate of Registration of Domestic Partnership will be provided to the partners once the Declaration is filed with our office. In addition, you will receive a brochure entitled “Your Future Together” published by the State Department of Public Health. This brochure contains information for distribution to applicants who qualify as domestic partners. Your local Benefits office will help you complete a form to enroll yourself and your eligible domestic partner in health and welfare benefits.

  • Anyone other than the domestic partners wanting a copy of a Confidential Declaration of Domestic Partnership must attach a certified copy of a court order granting permission to the California Secretary of State’s office to release the Confidential Domestic Partnership record.
  • A disabled dependent of your partner is covered under benefit plans for the duration of his or her dependency.
  • The partners may not both claim a credit for the same qualified adoption expenses, and the sum of the credit taken by each registered domestic partner may not exceed the total amount paid.
  • Learn more about deductions, exclusions, and credits in Publication OR-17 to see how your filing status affects what you can claim on your return.
  • Today, several states and hundreds of municipalities, counties, private companies, colleges, and universities offer domestic partnership benefits.
  • The same rules generally apply in the case of a special needs adoption.
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You may add your new spouse to your health, dental and vision plans within 31 days of the qualifying life event. Domestic Partnerships registered prior to February 19, 2007 are still valid and are afforded the rights and benefits of Domestic Partners. If the kiosk is unable to authenticate your identity, you will be required to present any combination of THREE (3) forms of identification from Primary list above and the additional list below. At least ONE (1) of the THREE (3) forms must be from the Primary list above and all identification must show full name, current address, and/or signature where appropriate.

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In November 1984, all the city council members up for election who had voted against the policy lost reelection. Progressives from the Berkeley Citizens’ Action (BCA) slate who replaced them had voiced strong support for a domestic partner policy. The East Bay Lesbian/Gay Democratic Club had worked hard to elect the BCA Slate. This was the first time domestic partners was a campaign issue.

Domestic Partner

In addition to paying the premium for your domestic partner’s medical, dental, or vision coverage, you must also pay taxes on the amount MIT contributes to those benefits. Under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 125, the value of the coverage for a domestic partner and/or any dependents of the domestic partner are taxable as “imputed income” to the employee. In tax terms, imputed income is income from non-cash sources. The amount of imputed income is based on the market value of the coverage purchased for these additional family members and is recalculated annually.

How do I enroll my domestic partner and my partner’s children in Health & Welfare benefits?

When you complete your application, you will file it and pay a filing fee, which varies depending on where you live. Failure to submit all required documents to UC’s FMEV vendor will result in the disenrollment of the, and/or domestic partner’s eligible dependents, from benefits. After you enroll your family member in medical, dental or vision benefits, UC requires you to provide documents to verify your family members’ eligibility for coverage.

  • At the first meeting of the new City Council in December 1984, the Berkeley City Council enacted a policy extending employee benefits to unmarried couples of any gender.
  • If you have questions about how the Supreme Court’s decision may apply to your circumstances, please consult with a private attorney.
  • Typically, you’ll start by filling out an application and signing it in front of witnesses.
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  • If you are eligible to receive benefits, you may include your domestic partner in your medical, dental, or vision plan coverage.

If you have questions about how the Supreme Court’s decision may apply to your circumstances, please consult with a private attorney. If the non-employee partner is also covered by the health insurance, the portion of the cost attributable to the non-employee partner’s coverage is not deductible by either the employee partner or the non-employee partner under section 162(l). Maine CDC has developed forms for the declaration and termination of registered domestic partnerships.

Are registered domestic partners treated the same as spouses for all legal and tax purposes?

Two people may share a mutual residence even if one or both have additional places to live. Registered Domestic Partners do not cease to share a mutual residence if one leaves the shared place but intends to return.” Filing separately, you must each submit an “as-if” federal married filing separately return with your Oregon return and mark the checkbox “calculated using ‘as-if’ federal return.” To terminate a partnership, regardless of date established, both people will need to sign this form in the presence of a Notary Public.

What does it mean to be a domestic wife?

a woman, esp. a married woman, whose principal occupation is managing a household and taking care of domestic affairs.

Beginning with Open Enrollment for coverage effective Jan. 1, 2019, all benefits-eligible employees can enroll their domestic partners and their partners’ eligible dependents as long as the relationship meets established criteria. The prior requirement for opposite-gender domestic partners that one or both be age 62 and eligible for Social Security no longer applies. Since 1994, the City of Seattle has offered unmarried couples in long-term committed relationships an opportunity to document those relationships by registering a domestic partnership with the Seattle City Clerk’s Office.

If a registered domestic partner’s (Partner A’s) support comes entirely from community funds, that partner is considered to have provided half of his or her own support and cannot be claimed as a dependent by another. However, if the other registered domestic partner (Partner B) pays more than half of the support of Partner A by contributing separate funds, Partner A may be a dependent of Partner B for purposes of section 151, provided the other requirements of sections 151 and 152 are satisfied. In most states that offer domestic partnerships, the arrangement involves committed, unmarried couples, same or opposite sex, in a relationship that is like a marriage. Most domestic partners share a residence, finances, and might raise children together as unmarried partners.

  • Both applicants must be at least 18 years of age, unmarried, competent to enter a contract, and not engaged in another domestic partnership.
  • Most of the benefit plans offered through MIT are paid with pre-tax dollars.
  • You may add your new spouse to your health, dental and vision plans within 31 days of the qualifying life event.
  • In 2001, the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 was extended to offer partners in unregistered “de facto” relationships similar rights to those of married couples.
  • The adoption credit is limited to $12,970 per child in 2013.

Form 8958 is used to determine the allocation of tax amounts between registered domestic partners. Each partner must complete and attach Form 8958 to his or her Form 1040. Each registered domestic partner may qualify to claim the adoption credit for the amount of the qualified adoption expenses paid for the adoption. The partners may not both claim a credit for the same qualified adoption expenses, and the sum of the credit taken by each registered domestic partner may not exceed the total amount paid.


Individuals generally decide to enter because they wish to avoid marriage or because they are barred from marriage. Entering into civil union allows such individuals to obtain benefits and protections that are identical to or that resemble those available to married couples. To satisfy the support requirement, more than half of an individual’s support for the year must be provided by the person seeking the dependency deduction.