Domestic Partnerships in Washington

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Domestic Partnerships in Washington

Starting in 2007, Washington recognized legal unions called “domestic partnerships,” designed to provide many of the same rights and responsibilities of marriage to same-sex couples. In 2012, Washington recognized same-sex marriage. In 2015, same-sex marriage became legal in the United States.

Washington domestic partnerships are now unavailable for same-sex couples. All same-sex domestic partners were required to either dissolve their domestic partnership or allow their partnership to be converted to a same-sex marriage as of June 30, 2014.

Now, Washington domestic partners must:

What Rights Are Associated with Washington's Domestic Partnerships?

Domestic partners have many of the same rights and responsibilities as married couples in the state of Washington. These include:

Entering into a domestic partnership may still limit federal benefits and the partnership may not be recognized in all other states or countries.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

If you have any questions about whether or not you qualify for domestic partnership or the differences between partnership and marriage, you should consider contacting a Washington lawyer.

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Last Modified: 10-08-2015 07:48 PM PDT

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