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Registered Domestic Partners Whose Names Headline Case To Legalize Same-Sex Marriages Decide To Separate

Lacy Woo and Christy Chung, the same-sex couple whose names are on all of the arguments in California’s same-sex marriage court case, are ending their relationship. They have requested that their names be struck from the lawsuit challenging California’s marriage statutes. The two women say they remain advocates for same-sex marriages.

Prior to separating the two women were domestic partners that had been together for 18 years. They have daughter together.

Terminating A Domestic Partnership:
Terminating a registered domestic partnership ends the partnership and makes both persons legally un-partnered persons. Each person will no longer have the rights, protections, benefits, obligations, and responsibilities that they do as registered domestic partners.

Types of petitions for dissolving a domestic partnership:
Petition for Dissolution of Domestic Partnership
A petition for dissolution of domestic partnership is the formal request by one partner to the Superior Court for the Court to terminate the domestic partnership. It is very similar to the petition for dissolution of marriage (a divorce).

Petition for Judgment of Nullity of Domestic Partnership
A petition for judgment of nullity of domestic partnership is the formal request by one partner to the Superior Court for the Court to determine the domestic partnership is legally invalid (void). It is very similar to the petition for judgment of nullity of marriage (an annulment).

Petition for Legal Separation of Domestic Partners
A petition for legal separation is the formal request by one partner to the Superior Court for the Court to divide the community property and debts between the partners and to make other orders regarding custody of children and financial support without terminating the partnership. It is very similar to a petition for legal separation in a marriage.

Notice of Termination of Domestic Partnership
This is a form obtained from the California Secretary of State and may be filed with the
California Secretary of State, in certain limited circumstances, to terminate a domestic
partnership. It may only be used when the domestic partnership meets certain requirements.

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Couple split up, drop names from state court case, Sfgate.com, November 13, 2006
Terminating A California Domestic Partnership (PDF)

Related Web Resource:
The New California Domestic Partnership Law (AB 205): What it Means for You and Your Family, NCLR.org