Same-Sex Marriage/Domestic Partnership

The law firm of Bennett & Erdman provides legal services to meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ("LGBT") people throughout Southern California. With nearly 30 years of experience in this field, and extensive involvement in the LGBT community, including crafting bills to bring greater fairness to gay and lesbian, bisexual and transgender families, we are uniquely qualified to assist you with your LGBT law matter.

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California Family Law, Gay Marriage and Registered Domestic Partnerships

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal in the United States. Today, same-sex couples looking for the rights, benefits and protections of entering into a legal relationship can choose between marriage and a California domestic partnership.

Domestic partnerships: Currently, California allows same-sex couples to register as domestic partners as an alternative to marriage. Such domestic partnerships invoke most, although not all, of the same rights, responsibilities and requirements of marriages. Entirely different legal principles and requirements are invoked for partnerships that are not registered, including many that may be applied to issues of ownership or control of assets whether or not titled in both parties' names.

Spousal support and same-sex couples: Couples who were legally married in California, legally married in other states and those in registered domestic partnerships, are entitled to spousal support in the same manner as opposite-sex couples.

Parentage proceedings, child custody and child support: Rules applicable to traditional paternity suits have also been applied in California to same-sex parentage proceedings where one of (or both) the parents are not biologically connected to a child. In fact, each of the grounds for establishing paternity of a father may be applied to establish parentage in the case of a second mother or second father.

Meet Our Attorneys

Partners Roberta Bennett and Jeffrey Erdman are co-authors of chapters for books published by CEB (Continuing Education of the Bar) dealing with California domestic partnerships and other family law issues.

Jeffrey Erdman has served as chair of The State Bar of California Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination and as a member of the California Judicial Council's Access and Fairness Advisory Committee. He crafted a bill that was signed into law (AB2700) that confirmed that California family courts have the right to enter a divorce judgment for married gay and lesbian couples who have more than one type of legal status and can terminate a marriage in one proceeding.

Contact Us Today

To discuss your California same-sex marriage and domestic partnership matter with an experienced Los Angeles same-sex marriage lawyer who is also a Certified Family Law Specialist,* call 877-820-6534.

*Certification by the California Board of Legal Specialization.