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Florida Domestic Partnership Agreements

  Florida Domestic Partnership Agreements are up and coming in the state of Florida. Same Gender Marriages are still not legal in Florida; therefore, in order to protect the financial interests of both partners entering into a relationship, a Florida Domestic Partnership Agreement may be their best course of action. Generally these provisions would include joint ownership of real estate, how gifts will be split in the event of the couple separating, and all other issues that would fall under equitable distribution in a dissolution action. Domestic partnerships are generally put forth with gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender couples. However, if heterosexual couples wish to live together without marriage, and want to protect certain financial interests, a Domestic Partnership Agreement may be their best option. The State of Florida does not legally recognize domestic partnerships as valid, meaning there is not common law marriage (two people residing together for a certain period of time) or same gender relationships. The benefits awarded to a married couple are far more than what is extended to a couple in a domestic partnership agreement if it only addresses assets. Benefits that are automatic with married couples and often left out of Domestic Partnership Agreements include the ability to make healthcare and funeral arrangements, visitation rights in healthcare facilities, and the right to be notified in a life-threatening situation. Other document tools such as a will, power of attorney, living will, and health care surrogate are all part of the Domestic Partnership Agreements that are prepared at Camy B. Schwam-Wilcox, P.A. to make sure our clients are fully protected to the best of our ability with what the law permits. For more information on this topic go to www.cbswlaw.com

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