Under Arizona law, domestic partnerships are recognized only for very limited reasons. One way they are used is to grant decision-making authority over a partner’s medical care if he or she is incapacitated and unable to communicate. The state doesn’t have specific registries for domestic partnerships, but the City of Tucson and a few other Arizona municipalities do. At Ayala Law Office, P.C., our Tucson domestic partnership attorneys assist people in committed relationships who are considering this alternative to marriage. We will bring our combined decades of experience practicing family law when advising you regarding each aspect of an Arizona domestic partnership.
Domestic partnership status is available to couples regardless of whether the individuals are of the same or opposite sex. To register under the Tucson Civil Union Ordinance (which was previously the Tucson Domestic Partnership Ordinance) the partners must:
Partners must also share a primary residence to establish a legal domestic partnership. Once our family law attorneys understand your situation, they can help you understand whether a domestic partnership is the right choice for you.
In Tucson, people who now fall under the classification of civil union partners have the following rights:
When it comes to financial matters, domestic partnerships are very different from marriages. Domestic partners are not responsible for their partners’ debt. Assets are separate. And because partnerships are not recognized by the IRS, you cannot file joint tax returns. Our knowledgeable attorneys will explain the practical consequences if you are interested in potentially entering into a domestic partnership.
Ending a registered domestic partnership is much simpler than dissolving a marriage. To end a registered domestic partnership in Tucson, you complete a short termination statement supplied by the city and have it stamped by a notary. Only one partner is required to sign. Then, you return the statement with a small processing fee. There is no formal process for modifying a domestic partnership agreement.
At Ayala Law Office, P.C. in Tucson, we advise clients on domestic partnerships and help them register these arrangements with the city. To schedule a consultation, call our firm at 520-365-3185 or contact us online.