Domestic Partnerships, Same Sex Marriage, Common Law Marriage admin
A domestic partnership is an entity formed by two persons who have met the specific criteria set out in each Florida county code. Domestic partnerships give two people benefits such as health care decisions, correctional facility visitation rights, and more. Domestic partnership laws differ from county to county in Florida. Check with your county’s website to determine what domestic partnership laws apply.
For most counties in Florida, the requirements that Domestic Partners must meet, include the following:
Each person must be at least 18 years old and competent to contract.
Neither person is married under Florida law, a partner to another domestic partnership or a member of another civil union.
They are not related by blood.
Each person considers themselves to be a part of the immediate family of the other partner and to be jointly responsible for maintaining and supporting the Registered Domestic Partnership.
The partners reside in the same primary address.
Same Sex Marriage
Same-sex marriage is legal in Florida. Florida used to have a statute that prohibited unions between same sex couples. However, a federal district court ruled that such ban on marriage was unconstitutional, and on January 6, 2015, same-sex marriage became legal in Florida.
Common Law Marriage
Florida does not recognize common law marriages entered into after January 1, 1968. A common-law marriage is a legally recognized marriage without the legal formalities, such as a license or official ceremony. Rather, common-law marriages are created by the conduct of the parties. (SeeFlorida statute 741.211).