Skip to main content

What are the advantages/disadvantages of domestic partnerships vs marriage

Reno, NV |

If one partner owes federal tax, has child support obligations or a bankruptcy does the other inherit those debts?

Attorney Answers 1


The law of domestic partnerships is new, in rapid flux, and likely to change a lot in the near future. For a description and some basics, see the Domestic Partnerships page of our web site, posted at

A complete answer as to the treatment of debt in either such a partnership or marriage is beyond what can done in an e-mail, but there are articles addressing debt division in the marital relationship in the articles posted on the Published Works page of our firm web site, at The short version is that pre-marital debt remains the debt of only the person who owes it, but post-marital income and property could end up being used, in part, to satisfy those obligations.

You should probably seek consultation with an appropriate family law specialist. I would suggest starting your search with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Nevada chapter of which can be viewed at Good luck.

Mark as helpful