Domestic partners who are unmarried have no right to each other’s property absent a domestic partnership agreement (also called cohabitation agreement). Domestic partnership agreements, like prenuptial agreements, are contracts where domestic partners or individuals in contemplation of becoming domestic partners define each party’s rights and responsibilities in the relationship and/or upon termination of the relationship. Domestic partnership agreements can divide property, liabilities and debt, as well as allocate income and support.
A domestic partnership agreement should be in writing and be signed by both of the parties sought to be bound. Prior to the execution of a domestic partnership agreement, both parties should make full and accurate disclosures to the other party of their property, income, debt and other liabilities. Both parties must enter into the domestic partnership agreement freely and knowingly, and each party should have an adequate opportunity to consult with and obtain legal counsel. A domestic partnership agreement will only be enforceable absent fraud, duress, undue influence, misrepresentation and unconscionability.
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The family law attorneys at The Lampe Law Office, LLC, have negotiated the terms of many domestic partnership agreements. If you are contemplating entering into a domestic partnership agreement, please contact our office online or call 513-889-0400. We proudly serve clients throughout the surrounding Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren County regions.