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Domestic Partnership in Suffolk County, NY

Posted by pbsweeney on November 15, 2006

If you have unmarried clients who live in a committed relationship, a good reason to touch base with them is the recently enacted Suffolk County legislation regarding domestic partnerships. It brings up a host of issues for discussion and their legal solutions.  The benefits of registering a domestic partnership In Suffolk County are indesputable, though limited. It’s particulary great for county employees, and is one more step in the process of eliminating descrimination. Note that:

“This Legislature hereby determines that the World Trade Center attack demonstrated the need to provide domestic partners in committed relationships with a means to legally establish that relationship because there are numerous situations in which one partner was injured or killed and the partner has been denied the ability to collect insurance, reside in the partnership’s residence, claim next of kin benefits, or even to visit their hospitalized partner.”

Once the clerk receives an Affidavit of Domestic Partnership, executed jointly by the partners, and two prescribed proofs that evidence financial interdependence, the county will issue a Certificate of Domestic Partnership Registration. To view the law in its entirety, click here. This law took effect September 16, 2006 and is a terrific gift to committed partners.

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One Response to “Domestic Partnership in Suffolk County, NY”

  1. Jean Walsh said

    My boyfriend and I have been living together for 5 years. He retired as a teacher from the North Babylon School District in June, 2004. I have been working as a secretary for the North Babylon School district since 10/92. When he retired he had insurance for single. He has since called over to the Business Office and asked to have me on his insurance also. He was told that the North Babylon School district will not allow me to get his insurance because we were not married before he retired. We were wondering if the Domestic Partnership Law would allow me to be under his insurance. We have plenty of proof to show that we are in a domestic partnership, ie: we own a home together, joint bank account, joint charge card, etc. Please let us know where we stand with this. Thank you. Jean Walsh

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