Sample Domestic Partnership Affidavit I
A simple form
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The following affidavit provides a simple definition of “domestic partner” for benefits purposes. It defines as little as possible, so that a couple would not compromise other relationship documents that define their financial or living-together agreements.
Occasionally an employer will ask an employee to obtain a domestic partnership “registration” as a means of gaining benefits. This can be challenging because most registrations are only available if you are residing in a county, city, or in one of the few states that offers such status. And while you may be able to obtain a registration — usually costing about $35 — they offer few benefits of their own, and have no legal effect outside their own jurisdiction.
There is no universal template for registrations or benefits affidavits, as there is with legal marriage. Whenever a government or private employer chooses to create a definition of family for benefits purposes — which becomes embodied in an affidavit — they often use different definitions. This sort of chaos is yet another result of denying legal marriage to same-sex couples.
Just as most employers never ask to see a marriage license, we think all that should be required is for a couple to declare themselves a family. It really is not the domain of business to make such definitions.
Sample Domestic Partnership Affidavit II — a complex form
Anatomy of a Domestic Partnership Affidavit
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