Are you aware that The City of Phoenix has a domestic partnership registry.
The stated sole benefit of the registry is the right to visitation with a domestic partner in any health care facility located in Phoenix, subject to restrictions that may apply to all visitors. The partnership visitation rights applies to hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and other Phoenix health-care related facilities.
The gender neutral registry is open to same sex and opposite sex couples who qualify by virtue of both individuals:
- residing in Phoenix
- being competent to enter into a contract and over 18 years in age
- not being part of an existing partnership or civil union with another third party
- not being related by blood or closer than would otherwise bar marriage in Arizona
The two individuals seeking to establish a domestic partnership must execute documents in person with the City Clerk’s office. Exceptions may be made in the event of physical disability. There is no stated minimum time for the partnership to have been in existence, so long as both partners avow that they are in a committed partnership and share a common residence. The fact that one or both partners were previously in a registered partnership with another third party is irrelevant, so long as the previous registry has been formally terminated with the City of Phoenix.
Each registered domestic partner will receive a Declaration of Domestic Partnership document with the official City of Phoenix seal. Phoenix does not accept domestic partnership registrations from other cities or states.
The registration document is a public document, although certain private information such as birth dates, addresses or phone numbers are not kept as part of the registry.
Ordinance G-5295 became effective in February 2009.
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