Domestic Partnership Filings

The Domestic Partnership Ordinance allows persons in committed relationships who meet the criteria established by the Ordinance as constituting domestic partnerships to register at the office of the City Clerk and obtain a certificate attesting to their status. The ordinance recognizes certain rights of access for domestic partners. This ordinance, in conformance with the Human Rights Ordinance, which bars discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, marital status and family status, also equalizes the treatment of City employees. THIS CITY ORDINANCE DOES NOT AFFECT STATE LAW IN MANY IMPORTANT AREAS OF PROPERTY RIGHTS, CUSTODY AND INHERITANCE, IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE ISSUES YOU SHOULD CONSULT A LAWYER.

To be domestic partners, you and your partner must reside together (see below for an explanation of what this means) in a relationship of mutual support, caring and commitment, be 18 or over, and consider yourselves to be a family. Neither of you can be married to anyone, and neither of you can have a different domestic partner. If either of you had a different domestic partner before, you have to wait six months and seven days after the old domestic partnership ended before you can set up a new one. You don't have to wait if your old partnership ended because your partner died. You cannot be related to your partner as a parent, stepparent, child, stepchild, sister or brother, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, grandparent or grandchild, or any other relationship that would bar marriage.

"Reside together" means living together in a common household. A partner may be temporarily absent from the common household, so long as she or he has the intent to return. A partner may own or maintain an additional residence.