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What qualifies as a domestic partner in Oregon?

On Behalf of | Feb 26, 2023 | Domestic Partnerhips |

Increased acceptance of various lifestyle choices in modern society opened the door to new rules around romantic couples. However, discussions of civil unions, common law marriages and domestic partnerships can be confusing because different places have different regulations.

What rules in Oregon govern a domestic partnership?

How Oregon classifies domestic partners

Couples who want to live together but do not wish to marry can have an unregistered domestic partnership. People have this arrangement when they commingle assets, income or debts.

Same-sex partners can also register their domestic partnership with a binding contract. Both parties must sign and notarize the declaration of a domestic partnership and file it with the county clerk. Only people 18 or older who are competent to consent and not close relatives can enter this agreement.

While registered domestic partners have protections similar to marriage mates, the situation can be more complex for unregistered domestic partners. If they decide to split, the court may be able to divide assets, but spousal support is generally not available. The court will also enforce decisions regarding child custody.

Rules about common-law marriage

Oregon has no arrangement for common-law marriage. No matter how long a couple lives together, they have no marriage protections unless they decide to marry or register their partnership. Oregon does acknowledge common-law marriages from other states if the couple comes from another location and is under that union.

Whatever arrangement a couple makes, individuals can understand their rights. Knowing how Oregon deals with a relationship can prevent any surprises in case of separation or death.