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FAMILY CODE SECTION 299-299.3

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.

299.2. A legal union of two persons of the same sex, other than a
marriage, that was validly formed in another jurisdiction, and that
is substantially equivalent to a domestic partnership as defined in
this part, shall be recognized as a valid domestic partnership in
this state regardless of whether it bears the name domestic
partnership.

299.3. (a) On or before June 30, 2004, and again on or before
December 1, 2004, and again on or before January 31, 2005, the
Secretary of State shall send the following letter to the mailing
address on file of each registered domestic partner who registered
more than one month prior to each of those dates: “Dear Registered
Domestic Partner:
This letter is being sent to all persons who have registered with
the Secretary of State as a domestic partner.
Effective January 1, 2005, California’s law related to the rights
and responsibilities of registered domestic partners will change (or,
if you are receiving this letter after that date, the law has
changed, as of January 1, 2005). With this new legislation, for
purposes of California law, domestic partners will have a great many
new rights and responsibilities, including laws governing community
property, those governing property transfer, those regarding duties
of mutual financial support and mutual responsibilities for certain
debts to third parties, and many others. The way domestic
partnerships are terminated is also changing. After January 1, 2005,
under certain circumstances, it will be necessary to participate in a
dissolution proceeding in court to end a domestic partnership.
Domestic partners who do not wish to be subject to these new
rights and responsibilities MUST terminate their domestic partnership
before January 1, 2005. Under the law in effect until January 1,
2005, your domestic partnership is automatically terminated if you or
your partner marry or die while you are registered as domestic
partners. It is also terminated if you send to your partner or your
partner sends to you, by certified mail, a notice terminating the
domestic partnership, or if you and your partner no longer share a
common residence. In all cases, you are required to file a Notice of
Termination of Domestic Partnership.
If you do not terminate your domestic partnership before January
1, 2005, as provided above, you will be subject to these new rights
and responsibilities and, under certain circumstances, you will only
be able to terminate your domestic partnership, other than as a
result of your domestic partner’s death, by the filing of a court
action.
Further, if you registered your domestic partnership with the
state prior to January 1, 2005, you have until June 30, 2005, to
enter into a written agreement with your domestic partner that will
be enforceable in the same manner as a premarital agreement under
California law, if you intend to be so governed.
If you have any questions about any of these changes, please
consult an attorney. If you cannot find an attorney in your locale,
please contact your county bar association for a
referral.Sincerely,The Secretary of State”
(b) From January 1, 2004, to December 31, 2004, inclusive, the
Secretary of State shall provide the following notice with all
requests for the Declaration of Domestic Partnership form. The
Secretary of State also shall attach the Notice to the Declaration of
Domestic Partnership form that is provided to the general public on
the Secretary of State’s Web site:
“NOTICE TO POTENTIAL DOMESTIC PARTNER REGISTRANTS
As of January 1, 2005, California’s law of domestic partnership
will change.
Beginning at that time, for purposes of California law, domestic
partners will have a great many new rights and responsibilities,
including laws governing community property, those governing property
transfer, those regarding duties of mutual financial support and
mutual responsibilities for certain debts to third parties, and many
others. The way domestic partnerships are terminated will also
change. Unlike current law, which allows partners to end their
partnership simply by filing a “Termination of Domestic Partnership”
form with the Secretary of State, after January 1, 2005, it will be
necessary under certain circumstances to participate in a dissolution
proceeding in court to end a domestic partnership.
If you have questions about these changes, please consult an
attorney. If you cannot find an attorney in your area, please contact
your county bar association for a referral.”