Did you know you can enter into a Domestic Partnership in Florida? The criteria to formally enter into a domestic partnership can vary, but generally consist of the following:
Entering into Domestic Partnership allows partners to enjoy some of the benefits that are exclusively enjoyed by married individuals. For example, if you and your partner formally enter into a Domestic Partnership in Florida, then you will enjoy the following benefits:
As a family law attorney, I recognize the immense value that domestic partnerships have. For example, my friends Kathy and Frank live together and have two beautiful children but neither has the desire to get married. Because they are not married, guess what?
Neither can make important decisions regarding the other’s wellbeing. This severely limits them as a family to function in times of great concern and only adds to an already stressful situation.
What if Frank became hospitalized? Kathy would be left with two children to care for and no voice in Frank’s treatment. Frank’s parents live in New York. How long would it take them to get to Frank in a time of need?
This would leave Kathy feeling alone and helpless. Kathy and Frank can easily avoid this by simply filing a declaration of domestic partnership.
If you and your partner reside in Miami-Dade County, you can obtain the Declaration of Domestic Partnership by visiting: https://www.miamidade.gov/global/license.page?Mduid_license=lic1495052452022546
If you and your partner reside in Broward County, you can obtain the Declaration of Domestic Partnership by visiting: https://www.broward.org/RecordsTaxesTreasury/Records/Pages/DomesticPartnershipInformation.aspx
In both Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, the Declaration of Domestic Partnership must be signed and notarized.