The Changing Definition of Family

Condominium associations are changing their definition of "family" to recognize domestic partnerships.

On Monday, August 3, 2009, domestic partnership registration began in the State of Wisconsin. Those registered are granted some of the same legal protections as married couples including hospital visitation, inheritance, and medical leave rights. Are they also “family” in your condominium?

In some instances, such as a no-rental, owner-only rule, we recommend condominiums adopt a family exception. We have changed our definition of “family” in our recommended non-rental rule to include the family members of a domestic partner.

Now, on the death of the owner, the registered partner, or his or her parent or relative, would be able to live in the unit without running afoul of the association’s owner-only rule.

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