If my partner and I want to enter a domestic partnership, how will this impact our finances and health insurance policies?

We want to enter into a domestic partnership in the state of Maryland. If we will be residing in Nebraska (which does not recognize domestic partnerships), how will this impact state taxes? What is the impact on federal taxes and federal financial aid for undergraduate and graduate (medical) school? Will we be removed from our current health insurance policies (my partner is covered by her parent’s insurance, I am covered by my late mother’s government health insurance plan)?

Asked on July 3, 2012 under Family Law, Maryland

Answers:

FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If the state of your domicile does not recognize domestic partnerships then each of you will be filing separate and single state and federal tax returns with respect to your yearly income tax returns.

As to impact for undergraduate and graduate medical school as to tax returns, such is decided upon the basis of the individual tax returns filed as "single" since Nebraska does not recognize domestic partnerships and Nebraska will be your state of residence.

As to being covered under your current health insurance policies so long as the premiums are being paid and the policies are being renewed on a yearly basis the carriers issuing the two separate health insurance policies cannot legally remove you from such just because you entered into a domestic partnership in Maryland.


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