What rights do I have after the end of a domestic partnership?

My partner and I recently separated. We filled out domestic partnership forms through his job for insurance purposes 7 years ago. We have been together for 12 years. Since we filled out the forms through work, do they carry as much weight as regular domestic partnership forms? Do I have rights?

Asked on July 15, 2012 under Family Law, New York


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you have terminated the domestic partnership that you have with the other person that you were in the relationship with then under the laws of all states/municipalities that recognize domestic partnerships you have no rights remaining as to health care and other issues.

If there are assets that are jointly owned or claims as to such, then under the general partnership laws of the state that you reside in would control as to such.

In order to answer the questions as to weight of the forms and rights, I suggest that you consult with a family law attorney about such and provide all documents concerning the domestic partnership that you have written about.

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