Who may apply for domestic partnership?
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
  • Both parties must be at least 18 years of age and must be competent (to enter into a legal contract such as a domestic partnership).
  • Neither party may be married.
  • Neither party can be currently in a legal domestic partnership with another party. (See the topic “What documents are needed to apply for a declaration of domestic partnership” for additional information on waiting periods between domestic partnerships.)
  • The parties must share a common residence
  • The parties must be of the same sex.
  • The parties cannot be closer in relationship than second cousins (even if they are related by adoption or by half-blood).(Wis. Stat. § 770.05)
If you have any questions, please contact the County Clerk.

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1. What is the process for applying for a Declaration of Domestic Partnership?
2. When may people apply to register as a domestic partnership?
3. Who may apply for domestic partnership?
4. Where do you apply for domestic partnership?
5. What paperwork is involved?
6. How much does a domestic partnership cost?
7. What documents are needed to apply for the declaration of domestic partnership (to establish the domestic partnership)?
8. Is there a waiting period between the end of a legal relationship (domestic partnership or marriage) and the date a person can enter into a new one?
9. How do you terminate a domestic partnership?
10. When does the termination become effective?
11. What if one of the partners chooses to get married?
12. Is there a fee for terminating a domestic partnership?
13. How does a party get certified copies of the certificate of termination?
14. If a couple is already registered as domestic partners or are married to each other (in another state) are they automatically transferred to the state’s Domestic Partner Registry?
15. Who is developing the application and registration forms for the domestic partnership program?
16. What rights does a domestic partner have to obtain vital records related to his or her domestic partner?