Domestic Partnerships in Georgia

Although the State of Georgia does not grant or provide for same-sex marriages, there are things that can be done towards providing the same type of legal protections and rights as persons recognized as legally married in Georgia.

Recognition of Marriage

The Constitution of the State of Georgia explicitly defines State's position regard marriage. Article I, Section IV, reads:

(a) This state shall recognize as marriage only the union of man and woman. Marriages between persons of the same sex are prohibited in this state.

(b) No union between persons of the same sex shall be recognized by this state as entitled to the benefits of marriage. This state shall not give effect to any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other state or jurisdiction respecting a relationship between persons of the same sex that is treated as a marriage under the laws of such other state or jurisdiction. The courts of this state shall have no jurisdiction to grant a divorce or separate maintenance with respect to any such relationship or otherwise to consider or rule on any of the parties' respective rights arising as a result of or in connection with such relationship.

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Domestic Partnerships in Georgia

Domestic Partnerships in Georgia

The State of Georgia does not permit or give legal recognition to marriage between partners of the same sex. In Georgia this applies to to even marriages between partners of the same sex that may have been married in another state or country that allows same sex marriages. This does not preclude people in a domestic partnership from certain legal rights.

Definition of a Domestic Partnership

A domestic partnership is a relationship entered into with mutual understanding, consent and affection by two persons of the same sex. In Georgia, , there is no legal recognition of same sex marriage. A notable exception is that the city of Atlanta extends employer provided benefits to domestic partners, and provides a domestic partner registry.

Creating a Domestic Partnership

In as much as the state of Georgia does not recognize same sex marriages it takes a different approach to create a domestic partnership arrangement that will be legally recognized in Georgia. Effectively this means developing a formal legal document similar to a prenuptial agreement. This agreement can address power of attorney, property ownership and more.

Dissolution of a Domestic Partnership

With our domestic partnership agreements the dissolution of a domestic partnership has defined legal obligations and responsibilities. Our approach to handling domestic partnerships in Georgia is a proven way for same sex partners to have legal protection towards mutual ownership of property, health care decisions, same sex adoptions and more.