How to End a Domestic Partnership

The procedure for forming and dissolving a domestic partnership will differ from state to state. All things considered, the procedure for dissolving the partnership is frequently analogous to dissolving a marriage.

Domestic partnerships and the law

Only states that recognize domestic partnerships have the authority to dissolve them because all other states do not. This is significant since different people will receive different levels of benefits. As an illustration, certain states grant the option to adopt children and also have particular property laws and rights.

Currently, California is the state that provides domestic partnership benefits that are most comparable to those that they offer to married couples.

State regulations for ending a domestic partnership, for instance:


In California, there are two ways to end a domestic partnership.A domestic partnership may be dissolved under specific conditions by submitting a Notice of Termination of Domestic Partnership to the Secretary of State of California.All of the following conditions must be satisfied in order to be eligible:

1. Domestic partnership lasted less than 5 years.

2. There were no kids born either before or after the domestic partnership.

3. During the domestic partnership, there were no adoptions of children.

4. Neither party is pregnant.

5. The parties have no stake in any real estate.

6. No property or structure is being rented by any party.

7. Community commitments, with the exception of auto loans, cannot be worth more than $5,000.

8. Community property, excluding automobiles, shall be worth no more than $33,000.

9. Neither party owns any separate property worth more over $33,000, excluding cars.

10. Both parties must concur that they do not require financial assistance from the other spouse beyond what is specified in the property settlement agreement that divides the community assets and duties.

Additionally, one of the partners must have spent the previous six months residing in California.

The parties are required to start the dissolution process in the Superior Court if any of these conditions are not satisfied. Any of the three petitions listed below may be submitted:

1. Petition for dissolution of domestic partnership;

2. A petition for a ruling declaring a domestic partnership invalid; or

3. Domestic partnership legal separation petition.

These processes are comparable to divorce, therefore you might require the help of an experienced California family lawyer.


In Colorado, at least one of the partners must submit a Notice of Termination Form to the state clerk in order to dissolve a domestic partnership. In order to file for divorce in Colorado, at least one of the partners must have lived there for 90 days. The filing partner must additionally demonstrate at least one of the following.

1. They are no longer in a committed relationship

2. Their shared home has been dissolved.

3. One of the partners is deceased

4. There are multiple partners for one or both of the partners.

5. One or both partners have married or plan to marry


One of the partners must have lived in Maine for at least six months before filing for the termination of a domestic partnership in order to do so. If one of the reasons for ending the partnership occurred in the state when the partner was a resident of Maine, another option is for that partner to file for termination:

1. Adultery

2. Abhorrent behavior

3. Desertion for three years straight before filing

4. Gross and confirmed habits of intoxication from the use of liquor or drugs

5. Abuse and cruelty to others

6. Mental illness required at least 7 years of continuous incarceration in a mental hospital before filing

7. Willful disregard for the care and support of the other partner