If I have been with a man for 20 years and living as his domestic partner for 12 of those years, do I have any legal standing in a separation?

Asked on August 18, 2012 under Family Law, Oregon

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Are you registered as domestic partners in Oregon?  That may or may not matter under the case law that is developing in your state.  But  registered domestic partnerships have to be dissolved just like traditional marriages in your state.  Now, asset distribution is decided by the court by looking in to what they believe is the "intent" of the parties.  Generally they believe that the partners are co-tenants under the law with a 50/50 right to the property. Please speak with an attorney as to your specific situation.  Good luck.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although AttorneyPages.com has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.