Domestic Partnerships

To claim a domestic partnership, a patron must meet the conditions listed below:

  • Are at least 18 years of age and have the capacity to enter into a contract.
  • Share a permanent residence, unless residing in different cities, states or countries on a temporary basis.
  • Are the sole domestic partner of each other, having been in the relationship for at least six months and intending to remain the relationship indefinitely.
  • Are not currently married to, or legally separated from, another person under statutory or common law.
  • Are responsible for each other’s welfare.
  • Are not related by blood to a degree that would bar marriage in the state of Ohio.
  • Are financially interdependent on each other. This includes documentation of at least three of the following:
    • Joint ownership of real estate property or joint tenancy on a residential lease
    • Joint ownership of an automobile
    • Joint bank account or credit account
    • Will designating the domestic partner as the primary beneficiary
    • Retirement plan or life insurance policy designating the domestic partner as the primary beneficiary
    • Durable power of attorney, signed to the effect that powers are granted to one another.