Equality California
2010 Legislation

Separation Equity Act

Bill Number: AB 2700

AB 2700 would create a consolidated form and procedure to dissolve both a civil marriage and domestic partnership at the same time. The legislation would amend the state’s family code, allowing for couples who first registered as domestic partners and who legally married thereafter to dissolve both contracts through a single, uniform procedure. The current system forces couples to go through a separate process for each.

This bill would eliminate some of the legal barriers same-sex couples face as a result of the State of California treating the relationships of same-sex couples differently. This bill also clarifies that same sex couples married outside of California are able to dissolve their marriage in California.

 AB 2700 was introduced on February 19, 2010, passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee on April 13, passed the Appropriations Committee on April 21 and passed the full Assembly on May 6. Passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in a 3 to 1 vote on June 22, passed the full Senate on August 19 by a 26-9 bipartisan vote. Signed by the Governor on September 28, 2010.


Author: Assemblymember Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco)

Co-Sponsored With: Conference of California Bar Associations





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