Registered Domestic Partnerships in Maine

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Does Maine Offer Same-Sex Couples Any Alternatives to Marriage?

Yes. In 2004, Maine started offering domestic partnerships. Domestic partnerships in Maine offer some benefits to registered partners that were originally only enjoyed by married couples.

Who Qualifies to Register as Domestic Partners in Maine?

Before being able to register as domestic partners in Maine, the following must be true:

What Benefits Are There to Registered Domestic Partnerships?

Registered domestic partners enjoy some of the same benefits as married couples do, particularly benefits relating to to disability and estate issues. Examples of these benefits include:

Why Should My Partner and I Register as Domestic Partners?

Domestic partners will not enjoy all of the benefits that the state gives to married couples, and in some circumstances this may be perfectly fine. However, Maine offers marriage as an option to same-sex couples. Thus, choosing to register under a domestic partnership or opting to marry will depend on the specific needs and wishes of the couple.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

Lawyers in Maine are generally not needed to register domestic partners. However, as mentioned above, there are differences between marriage and domestic partnership in Maine, and an attorney will be able to explain both to you and help you decide which best meets your needs as a couple. Moreover, you should consult a wills and trusts attorney if you have questions about how either decision can effect your rights or want additional estate planning assistance.  

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Last Modified: 07-08-2014 12:41 PM PDT

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