Qualified domestic partners receive the same survivorship benefits available under the Plan as a surviving spouse.
Domestic partners are two adults (of same or opposite gender) in a committed relationship who have filed the required documentation with the Plan (eligibility requirements) or the State of California (see below).
FILING A DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PLAN
- Learn HOW TO: Terminate a Domestic Partnership Filed with the Plan
Please note that filing a Declaration of Domestic Partnership with the Plan does not create community property rights in the member’s pension benefits or inheritance rights to the member’s contributions.
FILING A DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP WITH THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
As of January 1, 2005, same-sex couples may file a domestic partnership with the State. (Opposite-sex couples are not eligible to file with the State unless one or both persons meet specific eligibility criteria and are over the age of 62.) If you have filed with the State, you do not need to re-file with the Plan; your partner will be treated the same as a spouse would be for purposes of qualifying for survivorship benefits.
State registration provides a couple with rights, protections, benefits and responsibilities similar in most aspects to those of married couples. Filing with the State creates community property rights in a member’s pension benefits. The parties may need to obtain a dissolution judgment from the court to terminate their relationship, which should determine the community property interest in the member’s pension benefits.
To learn more about filing and terminating state-registered domestic partnerships, visit the California Secretary of State’s Website.
If you have any questions, please contact the Active Member Services Section at (213) 279-3140 or toll-free at (844) 88-LAFPP (52377).