Same sex domestic partnerships were instituted in Oregon in February 2008. Since then couples have entered into legally binding contracts similar to a marriage. Domestic partnerships confer rights and responsibilities on gay and lesbian couples which are the same as married people. Because Domestic Partnerships in Oregon are legally binding contracts, they must be dissolved by a procedure similar to a divorce.
Issues similar to divorce include spousal support, child support, division of property and custody and parenting time rights. It is important to properly dissolve the Domestic Partnership that was created and be sure that your rights are protected during the process.