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Domestic Partnerships

The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners finds that a significant number of Miami-Dade residents establish and maintain important personal, emotional, and economic relationships with persons to whom they are not married. Individuals forming such domestic partnerships often live in a committed family relationship.
(See: Chapter 11 Ordinance)

Miami-Dade County has created a system for such relationships to be registered and recognized. Domestic partnerships cover visitation rights at health care, correctional and juvenile facilities and certain medical and leave benefits for Miami-Dade County employees.

Please consult an attorney or the courts for any other legal issues regarding domestic partnerships. All Domestic Partnership registrations are subject to Florida public records laws.

Requirements for Domestic Partnership

Domestic Partners must meet the following requirements:

  1. Each person must be at least 18 years old and competent to contract.
  2. Neither person is married under Florida law, a partner to another domestic partnership or a member of another civil union.
  3. They are not related by blood.
  4. Each person considers themselves to be a part of the immediate family of the other partner and to be jointly responsible for maintaining and supporting the Registered Domestic Partnership.
  5. The partners reside in the same primary address.

Apply for a Domestic Partnership

To file a declaration of domestic partnership, applicants must register with Miami-Dade County, after which the County will issue a certificate reflecting the registration of the domestic partnership relationship in Miami-Dade County.

Make an Amendment to an Existing Domestic Partnership

Partners must agree to notify the Miami-Dade County if the terms of the domestic partnership are no longer applicable.

Terminate a Domestic Partnership

Partners must agree to notify the Miami-Dade County if one of the partners wishes to terminate the domestic partnership.

County Employees Registered as Domestic Partners

Any Miami-Dade County employee who is a party to a registered Domestic Partnership relationship can elect to select insurance coverage for his or her domestic partner or their children in the same manner as an employee may elect coverage for a spouse or unmarried dependent child. Registered employees are entitled to all forms of leave provided by the County, including sick, annual, funeral and family leave to care for his or her domestic partner or the children or parents of the domestic partner, as applicable.

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