While paternity is an issue viewed mostly as a concern for men, women should be equally concerned about properly establishing the paternity of a child or children.
Adjudication of Paternity
When you have a child outside of marriage, paternity must be properly established. This is a necessary protection to take if the parties are not married, or a child was born to the parties before they got married.
Parties that are not married
In a scenario where the parents are not married, the Court must properly adjudicate paternity. A completed paternity case results in a judgment that may contain orders for child custody, visitation, and support.
It is absolutely vital for parties to obtain a paternity judgment so that parties may exercise their rights to custody. Or, in other cases,
Who can enter into a state-registered domestic partnership?
- Neither person may be married to someone else or in another domestic partnership, unless said marriage or partnership has been dissolved, terminated, or adjudged a nullity.
- The two persons may not be related by blood in a way which would prevent them from being married to each other in California.
- Both persons are at least 18 years of age, except as provided in Family Code section 297.1.
- Either one of the following must also be met: Both persons are members of the same sex; or, one or both persons meet the eligibility criteria for old-age insurance benefits under the Social Security Act. Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, persons of the opposite sexes may not enter into a domestic partnership unless one or both persons are over 62 years of age.
- Both parties are capable of consenting to the partnership.
How does a person terminate a state-registered Domestic Partnership?
In some very limited circumstances, a state-registered Domestic Partnership may be terminated by filing a Notice of Termination with the Secretary of State only (without filing a court case). Read more about this process by reviewing the Secretary of State's brochure on terminating Domestic Partnerships. All the requirements listed must be met. For instance, there must be no real property owned by either party, there must be no children born to the parties before or during the domestic partnership, and the community debts or properties must be relatively limited.
In most circumstances, court case must be filed. The process is very much similar to that of a divorce case, and can result in some of the same problems and pitfalls regarding child custody, child or partner support, and property.
What about terminating a domestic partnership registered with a city or county only, and not with the state of California?
Contact the city or county in which your domestic partnership is registered for further instructions. The termination probably does not require a court action, but you should carefully research the requirements before proceeding. At this time, we do not offer services to assist parties with city or county-registered partnerships only.
Consult with us today to find out how we can help you with your domestic partnership.