Jun 01, 2009 12:49 AM GMT
To all of those that are in civil unions could you tell what steps you had to take to get what rights you have and how much it cost to get them.Any info would be of help to many
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic_partnership_in_California#Differences_from_Marriage * Couples seeking domestic partnership must already share a residence, married couples may be married without living together.Also there are differences in the requirement.
* Couples seeking domestic partnership must be 18 or older, minors can be married before the age of 18 with the consent of their parents.
* California permits married couples the option of confidential marriage, there is no equivalent institution for domestic partnerships. In confidential marriages, no witnesses are required and the marriage license is not a matter of public record.
* Married partners of state employees are eligible for the CalPERS long-term care insurance plan, domestic partners are not.
* There is, at least according to one appellate ruling, no equivalent of the Putative Spouse Doctrine for domestic partnerships.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic_partnership_in_California#EligibilityCurrently, a couple that wishes to register must meet the following requirements:
1. Both persons have a common residence.
2. Neither person is married to someone else or is a member of another domestic partnership with someone else that has not been terminated, dissolved, or adjudged a nullity.
3. The two persons are not related by blood in a way that would prevent them from being married to each other in California.
4. Both persons are at least 18 years of age.
5. Either of the following:
* Both persons are members of the same sex.
* The partners are of the opposite sex, one or both of whom is above the age of 62, and one or both of whom meet specified eligibility requirements under the Social Security Act.
6. Both persons are capable of consenting to the domestic partnership.