Portland Domestic Partners Lawyers
Legal Issues Related to Same Sex Couples in Oregon
The Portland lawyers at Owens, Sneller, Pinzelik & Wood, P.C. represent same sex couples and registered domestic partners in a wide range of domestic matters. Many legal issues that arise during the course of a same sex partnership or relationship are similar to those that affect married people and heterosexual couples. Others, however, are quite different and require knowledge of the legal options available.
Our attorneys are accomplished practitioners of family law, handling matters involving divorce, prenuptial agreements and division of property. We have many years of experience with legal issues involving both heterosexual and gay couples. To learn more about domestic partnerships and our family law practice, contact an experienced lawyer at Owens, Sneller, Pinzelik & Wood, P.C..
Domestic Partnerships in Oregon
Since 2007, registered domestic partners in Oregon enjoy most of the same rights and responsibilities as married couples. This means that many of the legal issues that arise are similar, whether the couple is married or in a registered domestic partnership. We handle matters for same sex couples such as these:
- Pre-domestic partnership agreement that spells out property division matters in the event of death or dissolution
- Property division if a partnership dissolves without an agreement
- Child custody and visitation matters
Advice and Counsel on All Matters Related to Domestic Partnerships
We also advise same sex couples on matters such as the need to register in Oregon, even if they are registered or were married elsewhere. Other issues include employer-provided benefits for same sex couples, the registration process and rights such as hospital visitation rights and automatic parentage of non-biological parents. We can also counsel people on the financial and legal obligations of each person to the other as well as the process of dissolution, which is similar to divorce.
We believe that domestic partners and same sex couples should educate themselves about their rights and responsibilities. We are glad to help with this process, and offer consultations at reasonable cost. This fee may be waived if the client requires our lawyers to draft documents or undertake litigation after the initial appointment.
For more information about domestic partnerships in Oregon, contact a Portland lawyer at Owens, Sneller, Pinzelik & Wood, P.C..