The Domestic Partnership Ordinance allows persons in committed relationships who meet the criteria established by the Ordinance as constituting domestic partners to register at the Office of the City Clerk and obtain a certificate attesting to their status.
THIS CITY ORDINANCE DOES NOT AFFECT STATE LAWS IN MANY IMPORTANT AREAS SUCH AS OF PROPERTY RIGHTS, CUSTODY AND INHERITANCE. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE ISSUES YOU SHOULD CONSULT A LAWYER.
To be domestic partners, you and your partner must reside together (see below for an explanation of what this means) in a relationship of mutual support, caring and commitment, be 18 or over, be competent to create a contract, and consider yourselves to be a family. Neither of you can be married to anyone, and neither of you can have a different domestic partner. If either of you had a different domestic partner before, you have to wait six months and seven days after the old domestic partnership ended before you can set up a new one. You cannot be related to your partner as a parent, stepparent, child, stepchild, sister or brother, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, grandparent or grandchild, or any other relationship that would bar marriage.
“Reside together” means living together in common household and sharing the common necessities of life. A partner may be temporarily absent from the common household, so long as she or he has the intent to return.
You may make an official record of a domestic partnership which meets the requirements described above. To do so, you and your partner must come to the Town Clerk’s Office, first floor, Room 105, Hartford City Hall, 550 Main Street, Hartford, Connecticut. There you will file a Domestic Partner Affidavit, which both partners must sign under the pains and penalties of perjury. You both should bring with you a copy of your birth certificate and something which demonstrates a common address such as driver’s license, lease signed by both prospective partners and mortgage. The Affidavit can be amended.
The fee for registering a domestic partnership with the Town Clerk is $30.00. The Town Clerk will mail you a certificate of Domestic Partnership seven days after signing the Affidavit indicating the existence of the partnership, the names of the domestic partners, and the certificate number. THIS RECORD WILL BE A PUBLIC RECORD, JUST AS A MARRIAGE RECORD IS.
A domestic partnership is terminated two ways: by death of a domestic partner, or by voluntary termination by one or both domestic partners. The fee for terminating a domestic partnership is $5.00.
The termination of a domestic partnership is effective immediately upon the death of a domestic partner. It is the responsibility of the surviving partner to notify the Town Clerk of the death of his/her domestic partner.
A domestic partnership may be terminated by a domestic partner filing with the Town Clerk, either in person, or by certified mail, a termination statement. The statement must declare under pains and penalties of perjury that the domestic partnership is terminated and that a copy of the termination statement has been mailed by certified mail to the other domestic partner at his or her last known address. The address to which this termination was mailed must be shown on the termination statement.
Termination forms are available from the Town Clerk. Termination will be effective upon receipt by the Town Clerk. If a domestic partnership is terminated by one or both domestic partners, neither domestic partner may file another until six months after the effective termination date.
Either partner can, within seven (7) days of the filing of an Affidavit, withdraw the registration. To withdraw the registration, the individual must inform the Town Clerk’s Office in writing that they wish to withdraw the registration and return all partnership documentation to the Clerk. The individual wishing to withdraw his/her registration must also certify that he/she has notified his/her partner of the withdrawal.