[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Lansdowne 5-16-2007 by Ord. No. 1226. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The following words and phrases appearing with initial capital letters when used in this Ordinance shall have the meanings given to them in this section.
- The Borough of Lansdowne, County of Delaware, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
- The Borough Council of the Borough of Lansdowne.
- DOMESTIC PARTNERS
- Two adult persons who cohabitate and intend to do so indefinitely and are responsible for each other's financial and emotional needs.
- This Ordinance, which shall also be known as the "Domestic Partnership Registry Ordinance."
To be eligible for registration, both domestic partners must:
Not be in a marriage recognized in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania;
Not be related by blood to a degree as to be prohibited from marriage by state law;
Be the sole domestic partner to each other;
Be 18 years old or older;
Be in a committed relationship of indefinite duration with mutual obligations akin to those of marriage, which include financial and emotional responsibility for each other;
Have one of the couple live, work or own property in Lansdowne; and
Within 90 days of dissolution of the domestic partnership or when the partnership no longer meets the Borough requirements under the Declaration of Domestic Partnership Ordinance:
At least one partner should submit a completed Termination of Domestic Partnership form to an office of the Borough designated by the Borough Manager;
Termination shall occur upon receipt of the completed Termination of Domestic Partnership form in the office of the Borough designated by the Borough Manager.
There is no process to appeal the dissolution of a domestic partnership.
The Borough Manager shall develop forms Declaration of Domestic Partnership and Termination of Domestic Partnership.
The Borough shall have these forms available at a public office of the Borough.
The Borough shall charge a fee for each Declaration of Domestic Partnership filed, which shall initially be $20 but which may be adjusted by Council from time to time by resolution.
No fee shall be charged in connection with the filing of a Termination of Domestic Partnership.
The Borough shall register the Declaration in a registry for those partnerships. A copy of the Declaration shall be mailed to the mailing address on the form. Each additional copy of the Declaration can be purchased for $10. Said registry shall be a public record, available for inspection by the public during the Borough's regular business hours.
The Borough shall register the Notice of Termination of Domestic Partnership Registry in the same registry.