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Encyclopedia > Domestic partnerships in California
Civil union
Recognised nationwide in:
Denmark (1989)
Norway (1993)
Sweden (1995)
Greenland (1996)
Hungary (1996)
Iceland (1996)
Netherlands1 (1998)
France (1999)
South Africa (1999)
Belgium1 (2000)
Canada1 (QC and NS)2 (2000)
Germany (2001)
Portugal (2001)
Finland (2002)
Croatia (2003)
Israel (2004)
Luxembourg (2004)
New Zealand (2005)
United Kingdom (2005)
Andorra (2005)
Slovenia (2005)
Switzerland
(Approved 2005; Expected implemented 2007)
Recognised in some regions in:
Argentina (Buenos Aires, Rio Negro) (2003)
Australia (Tasmania) (2004)
Spain (11 autonomous communities)1 (1998)
Italy (Tuscany, Umbria, Emilia-Romagna) (2004)
Brazil (Rio Grande de Sul) (2004)
United States: CU: VT (2000) , CT (2005), OR (2005); DP: HI (1997), CA (1999), DC (2002), ME (2004), NJ (2004)
Other countries:
Liechtenstein
Austria
Czech Republic
Greece
Ireland
Poland
Notes:
1 - Country subsequently legalized same-sex marriage.
2 - Explicitly referred to as "civil unions" in Quebec (2002), Nova Scotia (2001), and Manitoba (2002), common-law marriage extended to same-sex partners nationwide (2000).
See also
same-sex marriage
registered partnership
domestic partnership
listings by country
Example of California domestic partnership certificate.
Example of California domestic partnership certificate.

Domestic partnership is a legal status similar to marriage that has been available to same-sex couples (and certain opposite-sex couples) in California since 2000. California domestic partnership was the first registry for same-sex couples in the United States to be created by a legislature not mandated to do so by a court. Originally granting only hospital visitation rights, the scope of domestic partnerships was gradually expanded over a three year period. In 2003, A.B. 205 was passed and signed by Gov. Gray Davis. Taking effect on January 1, 2005, A.B. 205 extended to domestic partnerships virtually all the legal rights and responsibilities of marriage in California. Thus, domestic partnership in California has been effectively transformed into a civil union status. A civil union is one of several terms for a civil status similar to marriage, typically created for the purposes of allowing same-sex couples access to the benefits enjoyed by married opposite-sex couples (see also same-sex marriage); it can also be used by opposite-sex couples who... In Argentina, Buenos Aires City and Rio Negro Province (both in 2003) offer Civil unions. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Same-sex marriage in Australia. ... Spain is divided into 17 autonomous communities, 11 of which recognize civil unions. ... Beginning July 2004 some Italian regions recognized coppie di fatto, both same-sex and opposite-sex couples, giving them legal benefits. ... The Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul legalizated civil unions after a court decision in March 2004. ... Overview Civil unions in Vermont are legal unions of same-sex couples in accordance with a law that went into effect in 2000. ... The Connecticut General Assembly passed a bill to adopt civil unions in Connecticut, ensuring that same-sex couples get the same civil rights as heterosexual couples. ... Oregon state senators passed legislation (July 8 2005) to allow same-sex civil unions. ... Hawaii state recognize Reciprocal Beneficiaries since 1997. ... The District of Columbia has recognised civil unions since 2002. ... Overview Domestic partnerships in Maine are a legal unions created by P.L. 2003, c. ... New Jersey offer Domestic partnership for same-sex couples and opposite-sex partners over 62 since 2004. ... Same-sex marriage is marriage between individuals who are of the same legal or biological sex. ... Civil unions in Quebec: Pursuant to a range of activism and to the M. v. ... Common-law marriage (or common law marriage), sometimes referred to as informal marriage, is a form of interpersonal status in which a man and a woman are legally married. ... Same-sex marriage is marriage between individuals who are of the same legal or biological sex. ... See also: Civil Union Volker Beck, a member of the Green party caucus of the Bundestag, is the father of the German law. ... Domestic partner or domestic partnership identifies the personal relationship between individuals who are living together and sharing a common domestic life together but are not joined in any type of legal partnership, marriage or civil union. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (637x844, 403 KB) Photo of a California domestic partner certificate. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (637x844, 403 KB) Photo of a California domestic partner certificate. ... Domestic partner or domestic partnership identifies the personal relationship between individuals who are living together and sharing a common domestic life together but are not joined in any type of legal partnership, marriage or civil union. ... Marriage is a relationship between individuals which has formed the foundation of the family for most societies. ... State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) Barbara Boxer (D) Official language(s) English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) Barbara Boxer (D) Official language(s) English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ... 2003 (MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Joseph Graham Davis Jr. ... January 1Insert non-formatted text here--64. ... 2005 (MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Marriage is a relationship between individuals which has formed the foundation of the family for most societies. ... State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) Barbara Boxer (D) Official language(s) English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ... State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) Barbara Boxer (D) Official language(s) English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ... A civil union is one of several terms for a civil status similar to marriage, typically created for the purposes of allowing same-sex couples access to the benefits enjoyed by married opposite-sex couples (see also same-sex marriage); it can also be used by opposite-sex couples who...


The laws governing domestic partnership are codified at § 297 et seq. of the California Family Code. Text of code. State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) Barbara Boxer (D) Official language(s) English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ...


In practical effect, of course, the legal rights and duties of California domestic partners are greatly inferior to those of opposite-sex spouses for the simple reason that the vast array of federal rights and responsibilities are still unavailable under federal law to same-sex couples and other unmarried partners. Only a change in federal law will allow California same-sex couples full equality under the law. State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) Barbara Boxer (D) Official language(s) English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ... State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) Barbara Boxer (D) Official language(s) English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ...

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Specifics

Eligibility

Currently, a couple that wishes to register must meet the following requirements:

  1. Both persons have a common residence.
  2. Neither person is married to someone else or is a member of another domestic partnership with someone else that has not been terminated, dissolved, or adjudged a nullity.
  3. The two persons are not related by blood in a way that would prevent them from being married to each other in California.
  4. Both persons are at least 18 years of age.
  5. Either of the following:
    • Both persons are members of the same sex.
    • The partners are of the opposite sex, one or both of whom is above the age of 62, and one or both of whom meet specified eligibility requirements under the Social Security Act.
  6. Both persons are capable of consenting to the domestic partnership.

Also, a legal union of a same-sex couple, other than marriage, validly performed in another jurisdiction, that is substantially equivalent to a California domestic partnership, will be recognized as such in California. Civil unions in Vermont, for example, most likely qualify as domestic partnerships in California. Oddly, however, a valid same-sex marriage performed in a jurisdiction that recognizes such unions, such as Massachusetts, would not be recognized in California as either marriage or domestic partnership. State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) Barbara Boxer (D) Official language(s) English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ... Marriage is a relationship between individuals which has formed the foundation of the family for most societies. ... State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) Barbara Boxer (D) Official language(s) English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ... State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) Barbara Boxer (D) Official language(s) English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ... Overview Civil unions in Vermont are legal unions of same-sex couples in accordance with a law that went into effect in 2000. ... State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) Barbara Boxer (D) Official language(s) English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ... State nickname: Bay State Other U.S. States Capital Boston Largest city Boston Governor Mitt Romney (R) Senators Edward Kennedy (D) John Kerry (D) Official language(s) English Area 27,360 km² (44th)  - Land 20,317 km²  - Water 7,043 km² (25. ... Marriage is a relationship between individuals which has formed the foundation of the family for most societies. ...


Registration

Domestic partner registration is an uncomplicated process, more simple and less costly than entering into a marriage. Both parties must sign a declaration listing their names and address. Both signatures must be notarized. The declaration must then be transmitted to the Secretary of State along with a $10 filing fee. Marriage is a relationship between individuals which has formed the foundation of the family for most societies. ...


Termination and Dissolution

A domestic partnership may be terminated by filing a notice of termination with the Secretary of State under the following conditions:

  1. The Notice of Termination of Domestic Partnership is signed by both domestic partners.
  2. There are no children of the relationship of the parties born before or after registration of the domestic partnership or adopted by the parties after registration of the domestic partnership, and neither of the domestic partners, to their knowledge, is pregnant.
  3. The domestic partnership is not more than five years in duration.
  4. Neither party has any interest in real property wherever situated, with the exception of the lease of a residence occupied by either party which satisfies the following requirements:
    • The lease does not include an option to purchase.
    • The lease terminates within one year from the date of filing of the Notice of Termination of Domestic Partnership.
  5. There are no unpaid obligations in excess of a amount defined by statute incurred by either or both of the parties after registration of the domestic partnership, excluding the amount of any unpaid obligation with respect to an automobile.
  6. The total fair market value of community property assets, excluding all encumbrances and automobiles, including any deferred compensation or retirement plan, is less than an amount defined by statute, and neither party has separate property assets, excluding all encumbrances and automobiles, in excess of that amount.
  7. The parties have executed an agreement setting forth the division of assets and the assumption of liabilities of the community property, and have executed any documents, title certificates, bills of sale, or other evidence of transfer necessary to effectuate the agreement.
  8. The parties waive any rights to support by the other domestic partner.
  9. The parties have read and understand a brochure prepared by the Secretary of State describing the requirements, nature, and effect of terminating a domestic partnership.
  10. Both parties desire that the domestic partnership be terminated.
  11. Neither party has, within six months of filing the notice of termination, filed with the Secretary of State a notice of revocation of the termination of domestic partnership.

In most cases, however, a domestic partnership must be dissolved through filing a court action identical to an action for dissolution of marriage.


History

A.B. 26

California domestic partnerships were first set up by A.B. 26, a bill authored by then-Assemblywoman Carole Migden. A.B. 26 was introduced in the California State Assembly on December 7, 1998 by Assembly members Carole Migden, Kuehl, and Villaraigosa. It passed the Assembly and the Senate on September 9, 1999, and was signed by Gov. Gray Davis on October 2, 1999. The law established the basic framework for the registry. The law provided that a domestic partnership could be terminated by any of the following procedures: (1) one partner gives or sends to the other partner a written notice by certified mail that he or she is terminating the partnership, (2) one of the domestic partners dies, (3) one of the domestic partners marries, or (4) the domestic partners no longer have a common residence. The bill granted hospital visitation rights to domestic partners, and authorized state and local government employers to offer health care coverage and other benefits to domestic partners of employees. State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) Barbara Boxer (D) Official language(s) English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... December 7 is the 341st day (342nd on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998(MCMXCVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... September 9 is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) is a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Joseph Graham Davis Jr. ... October 2 is the 275th day (276th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 90 days remaining. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) is a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


2001 Amendments (A.B. 25 and S.B. 1049)

A.B. 25 was introduced December 4, 2000 by Assembly Members Carole Migden, Hertzeberg, and Senator Sheila James Kuehl. It passed the Senate on September 10, 2001 and the Assembly on September 12, 2001 and was signed into law by Gov. Gray Davis on October 14, 2001. The bill expanded the class of opposite-sex couples allowed to register as domestic partners by requiring that only one, not both, partners need be over 62 and meet specific eligibility requirements under the Social Security Act. The bill also significantly expanded the rights granted to domestic partners. Specifically, the bill (1) allowed domestic partners to sue for wrongful death, (2) opened up stepparent adoption procedures to domestic partners, (3) expanded benefits for domestic partners of state and local government employees, allowed domestic partners to make health care decisions for each other in certain circumstances, (4) expanded insurance rights for domestic partners, (5) allowed employees to use sick leave to take care of an ill domestic partner or child of a domestic partner, (6) granted domestic partner rights in the creation of conservatorships and trusts, and for the management of the estates of decedents, (7) included domestic partner in the state statutory will form, (8) provided that the termination of a domestic partnership would revoke a bequest of property in a will to a former domestic partner, (9) provided for certain health care related tax deductions to be made available to domestic partners, (10) prevented the disqualification for unemployment benefits of employees who terminate employment to relocate with a domestic partner, and (11) allowed domestic partners to make disability benefits claims on behalf of a partner who is mentally unable to do so. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... September 10 is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years). ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... September 12 is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years). ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Joseph Graham Davis Jr. ... October 14 is the 287th day of the year (288th in Leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...


S.B. 1049 was introduced February 23, 2001 by Senator Jackie Speier, passed the Assembly on July 9, 2001, and the Senate on July 19, 2001. It was signed by Gov. Gray Davis on August 6, 2001. It expanded death benefits and survivors’ allowances to domestic partners of San Mateo county government employees. February 23 is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Jackie Speier is a member of the California State Senate representing San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. ... July 9 is the 190th day of the year (191st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 175 days remaining. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... July 19 is the 200th day (201st in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 165 days remaining. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Joseph Graham Davis Jr. ... August 6 is the 218th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (219th in leap years), with 147 days remaining. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...


2002 Amendments (A.B. 2216, A.B. 2777, S.B. 1575, and S.B. 1661)

A.B. 2216 was introduced by Assembly member Keeley on February 20, 2002. It passed the Senate on August 20, 2002 and the Assembly on August 22, 2002. It was signed by Gov. Gray Davis on September 10, 2002. The bill provided that domestic partners would have the same rights as spouses under the laws of intestate succession (which govern the disposition of the property of a deceased who dies without having executed a valid will). February 20 is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2002 (MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 20 is the 232nd day of the year (233rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2002 (MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 22 is the 234th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (235th in leap years), with 131 days remaining. ... 2002 (MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Joseph Graham Davis Jr. ... September 10 is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years). ... 2002 (MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


A.B. 2777 was introduced on February 25, 2002 by Assembly member Nation. It passed the Senate on August 12, 2002, and the Assembly on August 15, 2002, and was signed by Gov. Gray Davis on September 4, 2002. It extended death benefits and survivors’ allowances to domestic partners of county employees in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Marin counties. February 25 is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2002 (MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 12 is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2002 (MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 15 is the 227th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (228th in leap years), with 138 days remaining. ... 2002 (MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Joseph Graham Davis Jr. ...


S.B. 1575 was introduced on February 20, 2002 by Senator Sher. It passed the Assembly on August 19, 2002, the Senate on August 22, 2002, and was signed by Gov. Gray Davis on September 6, 2002. It allows one to bequeath property to one’s domestic partner even when the latter drafted the will of the former. February 20 is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2002 (MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 19 is the 231st day of the year (232nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2002 (MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 22 is the 234th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (235th in leap years), with 131 days remaining. ... 2002 (MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Joseph Graham Davis Jr. ... September 6 is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years). ... 2002 (MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


S.B. 1661 was introduced on February 21, 2002 by Senator Sheila James Kuehl. It passed the Assembly on August 27, 2002 and the Senate on August 30, 2002, and was signed by Gov. Gray Davis on September 25, 2002. February 21 is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2002 (MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 27 is the 239th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (240th in leap years), with 126 days remaining. ... 2002 (MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 30 is the 242nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (243rd in leap years), with 123 days remaining. ... 2002 (MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Joseph Graham Davis Jr. ... September 25 is the 268th day of the year (269th in leap years). ... 2002 (MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


A.B. 205

California altered its approach towards domestic partnership with A.B. 205, also known as the California Domestic Partner Rights and Responsibilities Act of 2003. Text of A.B. 205. Previous legislation had gradually added affirmative rights to domestic partnership, but A.B. 205 simply equated the status of domestic partner with that of spouse. This had the practical effect of granting a vast array legal rights and responsibilities to same-sex couples that had previously not been available under the limited domestic partnership laws. A.B. 205 was introduced on January 28, 2003 by Assembly members Jackie Goldberg, Christine Kehoe, Koretz, John Laird, and Mark Leno. It passed the Senate on August 28, 2003, the Assembly on September 3, 2003, and was signed by Gov. Gray Davis on September 19, 2003. A.B. 205 went into effect on January 1, 2005. A.B. 205 provided that the rights and duties of domestic partners are identical to those of spouses under California law (with the exception of certain state income tax provisions). It altered and restricted the manner in which a domestic partnership may be terminated. And for the first time, it allowed for recognition of similar same-sex unions in other jurisdictions. January 28 is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jackie Goldberg is an American teacher and politician, and a member of the Democratic Party. ... Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) is a politician from the state of California. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Mark Leno is an American politician, representing the 13th Assembly district of California, consisting of the eastern portion of San Francisco. ... August 28 is the 240th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (241st in leap years), with 125 days remaining. ... 2003 (MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 3 is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Joseph Graham Davis Jr. ... September 19 is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... January 1Insert non-formatted text here--64. ... 2005 (MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) Barbara Boxer (D) Official language(s) English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ...


Legal Challenges

Gay rights opponents were upset with the passage of A.B. 205. A signature drive for a referendum on the law was unsuccessful. A lawsuit was then filed challenging the law as a violation of Proposition 22, a voter-approved initiative banning recognition of same-sex marriage. The Superior Court of Sacramento County upheld A.B. 205 on the ground that A.B. 205 did not create same-sex marriage and thus did not conflict with Proposition 22. Knight v. Schwarzenegger (September 8, 2004). Text of opinion. On a writ of mandate, the Court of Appeal, Third District, similarly upheld A.B. 205. Knight v. Superior Court, --- Cal. Rptr. 3d --- (April 4, 2005). Text of opinion. On June 29, 2005: The San Francisco based California Supreme Court, the state's highest judicial body, decided to let the lower court rulings stand without comment. Story.


See also

The California domestic partner law makes large state contracts contingent on offering employees the same benefits for their domestic partners as for spouses. ... Same-sex marriage in California: On March 14, 2005 San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer ruled that gay and lesbian couples in California have a constitutional right to marry. ... Californias Paid Family Leave (PFL) insurance program, which is also known as the Family Temporary Disability Insurance (FTDI) program, is a law enacted in 2002 that extends unemployment disability compensation to cover individuals who take time off of work to care for a seriously ill family member or bond...

External links

  • Domestic Partners Registry. Information from the California Secretary of State. Includes downloadable forms.

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