Domestic partner benefits are sometimes provided by employers who recognize legal partnerships that fall outside of marriage. The partnerships can be either between individuals of the same sex or of opposite sexes, and the benefits are largely in the form of health care coverage.
Domestic partners are most often individuals who have lived together for a specified period in the same residence, take responsibility for the financial welfare of the other, aren’t blood relatives, are mentally competent, are at least 18 years old, are life partners and cannot get legally married but would if the option became available. The individuals can register themselves in a domestic partner registry if available in their area, and they cannot be legally married to another person.
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