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Lawyers Discuss Alternatives to Domestic Partnerships in Illinois


Domestic Partnerships in a Post-Marriage Equality World

A domestic partnership has been historically used as a term used to refer to the relationship between two committed adults who live together but aren't married to each other or anyone else. It is sometimes used casually to describe a relationship where partners have a mutual commitment to one another and are devoted to each other's common welfare, even sharing financial obligations like rent or monthly bills, and the acquisition of property together. Legally, however, domestic partnerships are no longer an option for residents of Illinois.

However, there are still other options available, namely civil unions and marriage. Civil unions provide all of the rights and responsibilities afforded to married couples under the laws of the State of Illinois, such as employee insurance coverage, sick leave, and death benefits. Entering into a civil union does not afford you the protections or benefits of federal law, such as tax benefits enjoyed by married couples under the United States Internal Revenue Code. Now that marriage equality is law, same-sex couples can marry and enjoy the full benefits and rights of marriage, both in the State of Illinois and nationally, rather than settling for a civil union. It would be in the best interest of you and your partner to contact the experienced Chicago family law attorneys of Nottage and Ward, LLP at (312) 332-2915 to discuss all options available to you.

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Legal Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

There are no legal benefits associated with a domestic partnership in the state of Illinois. If you and your partner would like to enjoy state-protected benefits such as insurance policies, visitation rights, and inheritance rights, but do not want to be legally married on a federal level, you may enter into a civil union in the state of Illinois. But, if you would like to obtain all the rights associated with marriage, then there are no limitations in pursuing a same-sex marriage in the United States.

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Understanding LGBTQ Family Law and Benefits

If you have questions about the rights of same-sex couples in Illinois, then you should seek legal advice. A Chicago LGBTQ family law lawyer with knowledge of state and federal family law can guide you through all the available options. Please contact Nottage and Ward, LLP at (312) 332-2915 to find out how we can help you.

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