Although Colorado does not recognize domestic partnerships, with our extensive experience in family and business law matters, there is much that we can accomplish for members of the LGBTQ community in Colorado by contract and other documents, which enable clients to have similar relationship rights, protections and responsibilities to those enjoyed by opposite-sex couples. Our attorneys are sensitive to issues faced by members of the LGBTQ community and can help clients bridge the gap between law and life in this evolving area of the law.
The Power of Contracts & Other Legal Documents
It is important to properly document these relationships and families; otherwise, until same sex couples are granted the same rights as opposite sex couples, the law may grant important rights and privileges to biological family members, to the exclusion of their life partners.
A properly drafted contract, a binding and enforceable legal agreement, can accomplish this objective. Moreover, the lack of proper documentation and contracts will often lead to greater expense and conflict upon termination of the relationship than necessary.
There are a number of the documents lesbian and gay couples can use to protect their important relationships. These include, but are not limited to:
- Domestic Partnership Agreement (Outlining desired rights and responsibilities inherent in the relationship and how you will handle your affairs, including how to handle assets and liabilities acquired during the relationship upon its termination/dissolution.)
- Joint Tenancy Agreement and Deed with Rights of Survivorship (To address how to handle real estate interests.)
- Second Parent Adoptions (Giving a non-biological parent parental rights.
- Name Change Petitions (Allowing for parties to share the same last name.)
- Power of Attorney for Minor Children (Granting rights to a non-biological parent in the absence of a second parent adoption.)
- Transgender Issues (Name change petitions.)
- Domestic Partnership Dissolution
- Durable Health Care Power of Attorney (To designate another to make healthcare decisions in the event of incapacity.)
- Durable Financial Power of Attorney (To designate another to make financial decisions in the event of incapacity.)
- Last Will and Testament (To provide for distribution of property upon death.)
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