New York City Domestic Partnership


The practice of domestic partnership is becoming increasingly more common throughout the United States. The personal, or in some cases legal, relationship between two people who have chosen to live together is considered to be one of domestic partnership. While the two are not married and have not been joined by a civil union, they have decided to share a domestic life together.

A domestic partnership can be between two individuals of the same-sex, however it is not exclusive to this type of couple and some opposite-sex relationships have also opted to live under common circumstances sans marriage. The primary purpose of declaring a relationship as a domestic partnership is to acknowledge the contributions made on behalf of each partner in the relationship. In some states such as California and Washington, a domestic partnership is almost the same as marriage. Some even refer to it as common-law marriage. However New York does not consider a domestic partnership a common law marriage.


Whether your current relationship is one of domestic partnership, marriage or even divorce, issues naturally arise whenever two people are made to deal with one another for an extended period of time. If you are unwed but still in a committed relationship, you might not instinctively think that a New York City divorce lawyer could be of any help to you. However, there are other extenuating circumstances in any relationship that might require legal involvement, whether or not you are, or have been, married.

For some people in this type of relationship, another marriage may have preceded the current domestic partnership. In these cases, there may be spousal support, child support, custody and/or visitation rights that must be dealt with for one or both of the parties. Furthermore, you can never rule out the possibility that the relationship in which you are in currently might need its own legal representation.

For this reason, attorneys at the Law Offices of Andrew J. Spinnell make their services available to all types of couples, from the legally separated to the domestically partnered and everything in between. Don’t automatically assume that your domestic partnerships discounts your ability to obtain legal counsel regarding your relationship. Contact a divorce attorney to learn how you are still eligible for legal assistance.