American College of Attorneys Best of the Bar Award
10.0 Avvo Superb Lawyer Rating
Top 100 Trial Lawyers Award
Orlando Top Lawyers 2012 - 2024
Best Lawyers in America Award
Super Lawyers 2024 Award
Florida Legal Elite Award
Best Lawyers 2024 Award
Orlando Sentinel Best Bets Lawyer Award

Orlando Cohabitation and Domestic Partnership lawyer

In Florida, state law prevents marriage for gay or same-sex couples. However, in certain cities and counties in our state, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) couples—as well as heterosexual couples who want to live together but do not wish to marry—are legally eligible for some of the same rights as married couples through domestic partnership agreements.

Orlando cohabitation and domestic partnership lawyers at TK Law guide and represent clients who, short of marriage, seek legally recognized cohabitation agreements between committed individuals that define rights, obligations and certain personal responsibilities to each other.

Our attorneys have considerable experience drafting domestic partnership agreements that best represent our clients’ rights. More importantly, TK Law also offers strategic estate planning services to committed couples, in order to accomplish comprehensive legal needs and protections beyond what domestic partnership registries can offer.

Speak with an experienced Florida attorney at our firm today.
Call 855-Kramer-Now (855-572-6376)
.

Domestic Partnership Protections

It is wise to set forth a clear understanding on matters involving your household. In Florida, a domestic partnership can be formed by both heterosexual and same-sex couples. Because domestic partnership registries are established in various counties or cities throughout the state (rather than one registry for all of Florida) the registration becomes ineffective outside of that jurisdiction. Currently in Central Florida, registries exist for the cities of Orlando, Tampa and Tavares, and Volusia County. Registries are also offered in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

It is a good decision to seek the advice of a knowledgeable family law and estate planning lawyer to get a full understanding of all available legal and practical options for your specific situation.

Through domestic partnership registries, and depending upon the Florida jurisdiction in which you reside, you and your partner may be able to clarify the following limited rights as a couple:

  • The legal ability to visit each other in jail
  • Healthcare visitation and healthcare decision-making
  • Funeral and burial decisions
  • Emergency notifications of partners
  • Designation of pre-need guardian
  • Share in decision-making efforts regarding a partner’s minor children

Cohabitating agreements must be drafted correctly to avoid tax implications and be airtight against any future disputes. An attorney at TK Law is knowledgeable in the laws that apply to domestic partnership agreements.

Estate Planning offers Protection for Same Sex Florida Couples

Cohabitation and domestic partnership agreements are limited in their legal protections. For this reason, TK Law drafts important estate planning documents for same sex couples and for heterosexual couples who choose not to marry.

A basic estate plan can protect you and your loved one, as well as your children, in matters of wealth, assets, real property, business interests, parental rights, healthcare advance directives and more while you are living, and in the event of incapacity or death. We are here to help you carefully and strategically plan ahead for healthcare and medical decisions, tax issues, guardianship needs, powers of attorney, insurance issues and the specific transfer of wealth and property. A well-crafted estate plan will legally protect you no matter what city, county or state you live in.

We ensure our clients of professional and skilled representation. Contact TK Law today so we can begin planning for you. We can be reached at 855-Kramer-Now (855-572-6376).

Supplementing a Domestic Partnership with an Estate Plan

While Florida’s courts tend to honor cohabitation and domestic partnership agreements, you may have more peace of mind if you have a lawyer prepare supplemental documents to support the domestic partnership agreement. Additional estate planning documents defining property, assets, transfer of wealth, health care and end of life decisions, financial obligations and more include:

  • Living trusts
  • Irrevocable trusts
  • Will
  • Living wills or health care directives
  • Durable power of attorney
  • Designation of health care surrogate
  • HIPAA authorization
  • Pre-need guardian designation
  • Life insurance policies with specific beneficiary

Even though same sex couples in Florida cannot legally marry, there are many things our family law attorneys can help you do in order to protect you and your loved ones legally, including adoption and surrogacy. For more information, please contact TK Law today.

Our attorneys routinely practice business law and estate planning, so we are able to combine that experience with our knowledge regarding family law to offer clients inclusive guidance in all areas. We truly aim to be your attorney for all legal matters in your life.

Free Case Review

All free case evaluations are reviewed by our legal team. For immediate assistance, please call us at 407-834-4847.

Family Law Information

HOW TO GET STARTED

Make Your Best Decision Today

STEP 1

Schedule your case review so we can help you.

STEP 2

Consultation

During your consultation we’ll review your options and see if we’re a right fit for you.

STEP 3

Representation

If we take on your case, you’ll be represented by the best.

Get Your Free Case Evaluation Today

The Orlando divorce lawyers at TK Law are deeply committed to the individuals and families they serve. We are here to help you resolve each legal concern so you can regain control and move forward with your life. You will also have a steadfast, accomplished advocate in your corner to fight for what matters most if a dispute goes to trial.

We know how overwhelming conflict can be and how painful it is to see a marriage end. We will guide you through this difficult process before, during and after your divorce.

Contact our offices today to schedule a confidential consultation with one or our family law attorneys, or call us at 855-572-6376.

407-834-4847

#1 RATED DIVORCE LAW FIRM IN SEMINOLE COUNTY*​

Our best awards are
client victories

Roy P.
Mar. 2024
Read More
Gastell and Kayla were awesome! They helped me make it through a very challenging time in my life with kindness and compassion. They were always available to answer my questions and kept me up to date. Their counsel was extremely helpful in aiding a resolution that I am very satisfied with.
Carmen D.
Mar. 2024
Read More
I give this law firm a 5 star. Ray and Janelise helped us with our probate issue and made the process a lot easier for us to finalized all of it. We're very thankful to this law office and recommend them for any legal issues.Thank you Janelisse and Ray and the entire office .
Alysia T.
Jan. 2024
Read More
I am thankful to Janelise and Kayla at TK Law for a fantastic job. Kayla guided me through every step of my divorce process. She is patient, professional, and honest. I highly recommend them!
Chris O.
Dec. 2023
Read More
This was first experience hiring a law firm and I am very happy that I hired TK Law. My attorney Janelise and Paralegal Kayla were kind, knowledgeable and made the process easy. They were quick to respond when I needed revisions to my document and the final outcome was perfect. If I ever need legal help in the future, I will not hesitate to contact TK Law again.

*Top-rating from clients and award publications such as Orlando Weekly, US News & more.​

GET YOUR FREE CASE EVALUATION TODAY

Schedule Your Case Evaluation

We offer payment plans, accept credit cards, are available for evening appointments and our main office is conveniently located right off of I-4, between 436 and 434. For immediate help call: 407-834-4847.

Disclaimer

The information found here is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any situation or individual case. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.

Contact

Phone: 407-834-4847
999 Douglas Ave #3333, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

Service Areas

Orange & Seminole County, Florida.

Resources