Fresno Domestic Partnership Lawyer

Domestic Partnership Lawyers in Fresno

California laws allowing private family remain unchanged. Those who register with the state as domestic partners have the same rights, protections, benefits, duties, obligations, and responsibilities as married spouses under the law. California offers broad private family rights.

Couples may choose a private family arrangement for a variety of reasons to enjoy the rights, protections, and advantages of marriage without the special significance that attaches to marriage. The knowledgeable Fresno family lawyers of Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian have more than 75 years of combined family law experience. We can help you determine if you are eligible for a private family and if it’s the right option for you; we can help you understand the legal implications of domestic partnership; and we can assist you through the process of creating or dissolving a domestic partnership. Call us today if you are considering a domestic partnership or have questions about how it will impact your life.


In California, the benefits of domestic partnership include but are not limited to:

  • worker’s compensation benefits
  • a right to sue for a partner’s wrongful death
  • medical leave benefits and other employment rights
  • a right to oversee a deceased partner’s physical remains
  • immunity from testifying against your partner in court
  • rights to a portion of a deceased partner’s estate


You should know that California private spouse can be held responsible for each other’s debts. You should also know the difference between the state and local domestic partnership registries in California. A San Francisco registered private family, for example, is not considered a California domestic partnership unless the couple also registers with California’s Secretary of State. Domestic partners should be certain of where and how their partnership is registered.

Our qualified attorneys keep flexible hours to meet your scheduling needs, and we return every client call promptly. We serve clients in Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kingsburg, and Hanford counties. Our staff speaks Spanish and French, so don’t let a language barrier keep you from whatever legal help you need regarding domestic partnerships. Call the family lawyers of Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian today at 559-545-0383 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation.