When registered domestic partners in California have children the rights and obligations of the parents are the same as those of spouses. Both parents are expected to provide physical, emotional and financial support for children brought into the partnership through birth and/or adoption. While the federal law does not recognize domestic partnerships in the same way California does, parents in California shall be controlled by California law.
If a domestic partnership is terminated and there are children of the partnership, the partners shall be granted custody and parenting time in a similar process as spouses would be through a divorce process. Through the California Superior Court process, parents can agree to a parenting plan and child support or if they cannot agree, the court will make a determination of parenting time and child support for them and issue an order to that effect.
Getting Legal Help
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