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


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.

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