Domestic Partnerships

Durham-Chapel Hill-Raleigh Board Certified Domestic Partnership Lawyer

Serving the Triangle Area

If you are an unmarried couple, either heterosexual or gay and lesbian, North Carolina's equitable distribution laws do not apply to you. However, there are contractual ways to provide unmarried couples the same property rights that married couples have. Without a contract in place addressing division of property, the law would divide any property based upon title owner or who can prove paid for the property, with limited exceptions.

Led by one of only a few practicing attorneys in Durham County to be Board Certified by the North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization as a family law specialist, Ellis Family Law is fully qualified to help all types of families protect their financial interests.

Without a domestic partnership or cohabitation agreement, the supporting partner has no obligation to support a dependent partner if the relationship breaks up.

Did You Know?

  • North Carolina has a law barring unmarried couples from living together, but that law is no longer enforced.

For more information about domestic partnerships: Call Ellis Family Law at 919-688-9400 or fill out the contact form on this site.

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