lawgeekgrl wrote:jck4487 wrote:
Nah, you have to fill out a form an say your "domestic partners." Since the gays can't get married, they allow them to become domestic partners and live together. And if same-sex unmarried couples can live together, then opposite-sex unmarried couples have to be able to do it as well.
People live together with their opposite-sex boyfriends/girlfriends/partners all the time. Was it someone at the law school that told you that?
This is so inaccurate I don't know where to begin. Domestic partners aren't "domestic partners." In fact, you have fill out a form and notarize it which gives you equal rights and liability in the state of California- resolutions also work the same as divorces. Furthermore, you are subject not only to California Tax Law, but also to the new (and stupid) federal law that REQUIRES you to fill out a taxes a certain way but still as single.
Also, for opposite-sex partners, you could get a legal domestic partnership but only if you are over 65.
PLEASE DO NOT PUT LEGAL DOMESTIC PARTNERS ON THE SAME CONTEXT OF BOYFRIENDS AND GIRLFRIENDS. IT IS NOT THE SAME THING.
As someone who is planning to go to or in law school, you should know better.
Oh snap, I guess I should have pointed out that I'm gay. And I quite look forward to filling out my Domestic Partnership Declaration in June when I get married.
In the last post I put domestic partners in quotes because I was not referring to the state's domestic partnership registry but instead the University of California Irvine's specialized process for being recognized as domestic partners by the university. Boyfriends/girlfriends do this frequently, and the process exists for people who are just dating and want to live together but haven't reached the level of commitment and interdependence that the state's domestic partnership would give. I believe they even make married opposite-sex couples fill out this form, though I'm not positive. You have to get this form notarized as well, but it has no legal significance outside the context of your lease and some other internal university policies.