Our LGBT lawyers in Philadelphia work with couples to form domestic partnerships and cohabitation agreements so they can be afforded certain legal advantages that married couples have. As of now, Pennsylvania does not recognize gay, lesbian, or same-sex marriages with the same legal benefits as that of a traditional marriage. You can preserve LGBT partner rights with a domestic partnership.
Domestic partnerships in Pennsylvania protect the legal rights of each partner in a LGBT couple. Our Philadelphia LGBT lawyers will explain how Pennsylvania laws affect couples, how our domestic partnerships can be crafted for your relationship, and make certain that each document is drafted properly.
Many couples choose to form domestic partnerships to enjoy legal protections and benefits. In some cases, a domestic partnership may allow partners to obtain family-related benefits, such as health insurance, from an employer. Our Philadelphia LGBT lawyers will also review powers of attorney, which will allow each partner to appoint authorities over financial, medical, and other matters should the other partner become incapacitated.
When any couple comes together, it is common for both to have separate property and assets before entering into their relationship. They may already own a home together. Domestic partnerships will outline property ownership, debt liabilities, and how these items will be divided should the relationship come to an end.
Custody issues may also be outlined in a Pennsylvania domestic partnership. Our LGBT lawyers will review how custody, adoption, and family laws apply to your family and suggest ways of tailoring your partnership agreement so that current and future children’s interests are addressed.
As LGBT laws in Pennsylvania are still in their infancy, our attorneys encourage couples to protect themselves now with a domestic partnership. Should an emergency arise, many hospitals only allow family visitation access. Without the proper paperwork, your partner may not be allowed to visit or make important healthcare decisions according to your wishes. Individuals who choose to spend their lives together in a deep and committed relationship should discuss the benefits of a domestic partnership. Explore the benefits of a domestic partnership agreement with one of our LGBT lawyers in our Philadelphia or Jenkinton offices.