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Can Mediation Help Your Domestic Partnership?


As a divorce attorney and mediator for over 35 years, I have helped thousands of couples in all kinds of relationships.

You may be thinking, “What is a domestic partnership?”

In New York, a domestic partnership is defined as a legal relationship between two people who live with one another and share much of their lives, but are not married or united in a civil union.

Under some state laws, including those of California and Nevada, domestic partnerships function in much the same way as legally recognized unions, whereas other states may bestow fewer rights on individuals in domestic partnerships.

How the law views domestic relationships is continually evolving, and depends on the jurisdiction where a couple resides.

For example, couples who reside together for a long period of time may be eligible for various legal rights in a domestic partnership, provided it is established in the jurisdiction. Ultimately, registration of a domestic partnership allows for the jurisdiction to formally recognize the relationship.

Domestic partners may be entitled to certain rights, including the recognition of contribution one individual makes to the property of the other.

I am working with a pretty impressive couple in a domestic partnership right now. One is a physician, the other an emergency room nurse who have worked tirelessly during the pandemic aiding many victims of the corona virus at a local hospital here in NYC.

We really must remember to thank all the amazing people devoted to caring for all of us. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

We had started working together during the pandemic. Even with everything they have dealt with, they continued their mediation process, and we were able to draft a solid parenting agreement.

Mediation is very effective when creating a domestic partnership. We are wrapping up their mediation right now and making decisions about support, a property they own in Amagansett, Long Island and custody of and visitation with their 15 year old African Grey parrot.

If you are in a domestic partnership and it’s time to go your separate ways, give me a call.

Mediation is an amicable, and less expensive way to dissolve a domestic partnership.

All our FREE 1 HOUR CONSULTATIONS will be conducted virtually to reduce risk.

Call now to book your free consultation. 212.734.1551

I look forward to working with you!

Stay healthy & safe!

Warm regards,


Call Divorce Attorney and Mediator Lois Brenner

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