Kane County, IL Domestic Partnership Lawyers
Living Together Agreement Attorneys Serving Geneva, Batavia and Elgin
Many couples enter into relationships and decide to cohabitate together without actually getting married. Much like married couples, domestic partners share resources and income, and often raise children together. When the relationship ends, many unmarried couples face the daunting task of dividing property, assets, and debts, establishing parental responsibilities, and managing finances.
At Bochte, Kuzniar & Navigato, P.C., our attorneys work diligently across Kane County and the Fox Valley area. Our team of Illinois family law attorneys understand the importance of successfully resolving difficult relationship matters. Specifically, the seasoned family law attorneys at our law firm have successfully resolved many matters for both married and unmarried couples. We offer unmarried couples alternatives to traditional agreements that will suit their individual needs, such as domestic partnership agreements.
Domestic Partnership Agreements
A domestic partnership agreement is similar to a prenuptial agreement in that it establishes guidelines for property, assets, child custody, financial accounts, and business matters should the relationship end. Unlike family law processes designed for legally married couples, domestic partnership agreements are tailored to the needs and legal challenges that unmarried couples face. One of the benefits of domestic partnership agreements for Illinois couples is that, in recent years, laws have become more favorable for a positive resolution.
A few examples of the benefits of domestic partnerships include:
- Domestic partnerships allow Illinois couples the ability to protect their assets, property, income, and stability;
- Domestic partnerships provide special protections for the children of unmarried parents;
- Illinois adoption laws now allow a co-parent the ability to file for adoption of a partner’s child, even if the child is an adult;
- Domestic partnerships allow guidelines and protections for same-sex couples
- Illinois law allows unmarried couples to create cohabitation agreements, which establish guidelines for aspects of the relationship itself, such as the family home, furniture, and issues relating to any children in the relationship; and
- Illinois law now allows unmarried couples to enter into civil unions, which are different than domestic partnerships, though the two are often confused. Individuals who are already in a domestic partnership can enter into a civil union, which terminates the domestic partnership and creates a new agreement for the couple. Civil unions are available to heterosexual and same-sex couples in Illinois, and provide a more comprehensive selection of protections comparable to marriage protections.
Contact Experienced Domestic Partnership Attorneys
If you are interested in creating a domestic partnership agreement, contact the attorneys at Bochte, Kuzniar & Navigato, P.C.. Our family law attorneys work throughout the western suburbs of Chicago, including (but not limited to) St. Charles, Elgin, Batavia, Aurora, Elgin, Wheaton, Geneva, DuPage County, Kendall County, and DeKalb County. Call us at 630-377-7770, and we will provide you with a free consultation about your individual case.