West Bloomfield, MI asked in Family Law for Michigan

Q: Can I file for valid domestic partnership in Michigan in a different county even though I don't live there?

My boyfriend and I been living together for 6 years and don't want to marry but be legal in other aspects to receive benefits from one another. So we were wondering since East Lansing, Ann Arbor, and a few counties has a registry for domestic partnership should we file through one of them and be put on the registry? Will it still count towards my city and county?

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Good thought, but no. To receive the legal benefits of marriage - i.e. taxes, insurance, etc. - you need to be legally married as recognized by a state. Those individual registries are not the equivalent of legal marriage.

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