CALIFORNIA FAMILY CODE
SUMMARY DISSOLUTION RDP TERMINATION PROCEDURES
Family Code Section 299
(a) A registered domestic partnership may be terminated without filing
a proceeding for dissolution of domestic partnership by the filing of
a Notice of Termination of Domestic Partnership with the Secretary of
State pursuant to this section, provided that all of the following conditions
exist at the time of the filing:
(1) The Notice of Termination of Domestic Partnership is signed by both
registered domestic partners.
(2) There are no children of the relationship of the parties born before
or after registration of the domestic partnership or adopted by the parties
after registration of the domestic partnership, and neither of the registered
domestic partners, to their knowledge, is pregnant.
(3) The registered domestic partnership is not more than five years in duration.
(4) Neither party has any interest in real property wherever situated,
with the exception of the lease of a residence occupied by either party
which satisfies the following requirements:
(A) The lease does not include an option to purchase.
(B) The lease terminates within one year from the date of filing of the
Notice of Termination of Domestic Partnership.
(5) There are no unpaid obligations in excess of the amount described in
paragraph (6) of subdivision (a) of Section 2400, as adjusted by subdivision
(b) of Section 2400, incurred by either or both of the parties after registration
of the domestic partnership, excluding the amount of any unpaid obligation
with respect to an automobile.
(6) The total fair market value of community property assets, excluding
all encumbrances and automobiles, including any deferred compensation
or retirement plan, is less than the amount described in paragraph (7)
of subdivision (a) of Section 2400, as adjusted by subdivision (b) of
Section 2400, and neither party has separate property assets, excluding
all encumbrances and automobiles, in excess of that amount.
(7) The parties have executed an agreement setting forth the division of
assets and the assumption of liabilities of the community property, and
have executed any documents, title certificates, bills of sale, or other
evidence of transfer necessary to effectuate the agreement.
(8) The parties waive any rights to support by the other domestic partner.
(9) The parties have read and understand a brochure prepared by the Secretary
of State describing the requirements, nature, and effect of terminating
a domestic partnership.
(10) Both parties desire that the domestic partnership be terminated.
(b) The registered domestic partnership shall be terminated effective six
months after the date of filing of the Notice of Termination of Domestic
Partnership with the Secretary of State pursuant to this section, provided
that neither party has, before that date, filed with the Secretary of
State a notice of revocation of the termination of domestic partnership,
in the form and content as shall be prescribed by the Secretary of State,
and sent to the other party a copy of the notice of revocation by first-class
mail, postage prepaid, at the other party's last known address. The
effect of termination of a domestic partnership pursuant to this section
shall be the same as, and shall be treated for all purposes as, the entry
of a judgment of dissolution of a domestic partnership.
(c) The termination of a domestic partnership pursuant to subdivision (b)
does not prejudice nor bar the rights of either of the parties to institute
an action in the superior court to set aside the termination for fraud,
duress, mistake, or any other ground recognized at law or in equity. A
court may set aside the termination of domestic partnership and declare
the termination of the domestic partnership null and void upon proof that
the parties did not meet the requirements of subdivision (a) at the time
of the filing of the Notice of Termination of Domestic Partnership with
the Secretary of State.
(d) The superior courts shall have jurisdiction over all proceedings relating
to the dissolution of domestic partnerships, nullity of domestic partnerships,
and legal separation of partners in a domestic partnership. The dissolution
of a domestic partnership, nullity of a domestic partnership, and legal
separation of partners in a domestic partnership shall follow the same
procedures, and the partners shall possess the same rights, protections,
and benefits, and be subject to the same responsibilities, obligations,
and duties, as apply to the dissolution of marriage, nullity of marriage,
and legal separation of spouses in a marriage, respectively, except as
provided in subdivision (a), and except that, in accordance with the consent
acknowledged by domestic partners in the Declaration of Domestic Partnership
form, proceedings for dissolution, nullity, or legal separation of a domestic
partnership registered in this state may be filed in the superior courts
of this state even if neither domestic partner is a resident of, or maintains
a domicile in, the state at the time the proceedings are filed.
(e) Parties to a registered domestic partnership who are also married to
one another may petition the court to dissolve both their domestic partnership
and their marriage in a single proceeding, in a form that shall be prescribed
by the Judicial Council.