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Travis County Offers Domestic Partnership Benefits

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The state of Texas currently has a ban on same-sex marriage, making the Lone Star state not the most friendly place to live for same-sex couples. Only five U.S states perform same-sex marriages; in addition to the District of Columbia. FindLaw reports that many states recognize domestic partnerships as an alternative to marriage, however most regions of Texas do not offer domestic partnership registry. Travis County is one of the only regions in Texas that allows for domestic partnerships.

Domestic partnership registration in Travis County requires a $16 fee, according to the Partners Task Force for Gay & Lesbian Couples. While many people associate domestic partnerships with same-sex couples, opposite sex couples can also apply for domestic partnership benefits. FindLaw states that domestic partnership benefits are for unmarried couples who live together and seek economic and non-economic benefits that are similar to that of marriage. The Partners Task Force says that those who apply for domestic partnership registration in Travis County aren't actually required to live in the jurisdiction. Couples can register at the Travis County Clerk's Office.

Some states like California offer and regulate domestic partnerships for the entire state, but in Texas domestic partnership benefits are strictly regional. But in addition to certain cities and counties recognizing domestic partnerships, certain private organizations and companies all over the state of Texas are also now offering domestic partnership benefits to qualified employees. For more information about domestic partnership registration or benefits that are covered through domestic partnerships, you contact one of the state's many Texas family law attorneys.

Related Resources:

  • Domestic Partnership Law (LawBrain)
  • Same-Sex Couples and the Law (FindLaw)
  • Texas Family Law Attorneys Directory (FindLaw)

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