Same sex adults who live together can apply for a Declaration of Domestic Partnership, starting Monday.
The legal documentation would formalize the relationship of domestic partners in Wisconsin, according to Department of Health Services Secretary Karen Timberlake.
Timberlake says the declaration should make a lot of things easier for same sex couples, like legal transactions, such as transferring property or executing a Will. She says the formal acknowledgment of the relationship would help access other benefits, as well, including health benefits, family medical leave, and visitation in hospitals and other health care settings.
Those interested should apply for a Declaration at their local county clerk's office. In order to avoid delays, Timberlake suggests you be prepared. You'll need to bring a certified copy of your birth certificate, photo ID, proof of residence, social security number, and if applicable, proof that a former relationship has been severed.
Bring cash, because there's an application fee, likely equal to that of a marriage fee. ($115 in Dane County, lower in other counties.)
NOTE: The Declaration must be signed in front of a notary and then be filed with the Register of Deeds Office. It'll take about five days before applicants receive the Declaration.