Same-sex marriages, domestic partnerships, civil unions

Two people living together as a committed but unmarried couple may have certain legal rights and responsibilities depending upon the nature and length of their relationship.  When unmarried couples separate and have disputes over property or child custody, courts may rely upon “common law” to decide such issues:

Oregon does not currently authorize same-sex couples to marry, but instead provides for “civil unions” for domestic partners under the Oregon Family Fairness Act.

However, the revisions denying the rights for same-sex individuals to marry was declared unconstitutional on May 19, 2014, by Federal Judge Michael McShane in a federal court case entitled Geiger vs. Kitzhaber, Case No. 6:13-CV-00834-MC.  In the future, same-sex couples will have an option whether to marry or to enter into the civil union authorized under the Oregon Family Fairness Act.

Whether you are heterosexual, homosexual (LGBT, same-sex, gay or lesbian), or transsexual, you will benefit from having clear legal agreements in place.  At the law firm of Donald K. Armstrong we help couples prepare Premarital Agreements, registered Oregon Domestic Partnership Agreements, Marital Agreements, Cohabitation Agreements and other domestic contracts including Wills, Power of Attorney, Advance Health Care Directives and protections for people with diminished mental capacity.  We also assist couples with Separation Agreements, Dissolutions, Divorce, Custody and Modifications to Domestic Court Orders, regardless of how your marital status is defined.