[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Harrisburg 12-22-2008 by Ord. No. 13-2008. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Life partnership declarants shall make an official record of their relationship by executing a declaration of life partnership on the form prescribed by the City.
The declaration must include a statement that the persons are in a relationship of mutual support and caring and are responsible for each other's welfare.
The declaration must include a statement that the declarants agree to file a termination of the relationship if there is a change in the status of their relationship such that they cease to meet the criteria for registration on the Life Partnership Registry.
The sworn declaration shall include the date on which the life partnership registration was made, the mailing address of both declarants, and the notarized signatures of both declarants. The declaration shall further state that the declarants meet all the criteria for the Life Partnership Registry set forth in § 4-201.3.
The City shall have no duty to verify the authenticity of the information provided by the individuals filing the declaration of life partnership if the documents provided appear to be valid on their face.
In the event the City Clerk denies the request for life partner registration, the declarants may immediately appeal this adverse decision to the Harrisburg Human Relations Commission.
Life partnership ends for purposes of registration on the Life Partnership Registry when:
Either of the declarants dies; or
One or both declarants execute and file a notice of termination, on a form prescribed by the City, stating that one or more of the criteria listed in § 4-201.3 no longer applies. If only one of the declarants executes the notice of termination, the City Clerk shall send a copy of the notice of termination to the other declarant at his or her last known address of record, which shall be deemed sufficient notice of said termination and shall take effect 30 days after the declarant executes the notice of termination. This requirement does not apply if the termination of the life partnership is due to the death of one of the declarants.
The City Clerk's office will keep a record of all declarations of life partnership and of all notices of termination of a life partnership. All information contained in a declaration of life partnership or notice of termination shall be open to public inspection.
The fee for filing a declaration of life partnership shall be $25, which entitles the persons filing the declaration of life partnership to two certified copies of the official declaration. Additional certified copies will be available at a cost of $5 each. Fees may be adjusted by resolution.
No fee will be charged for filing a notice of termination.
An amendment to a declaration may be filed by a declarant with the City Clerk's office at any time to show a change in his or her mailing address or a legal name change, to correct clerical errors, to add a dependent child of a declarant, or for any other applicable reason. The record will be maintained so that amendments and notices of termination are filed with the declaration of life partnership to which they apply. No fee will be charged for filing an amendment to a declaration. Only a party to a registered life partnership may apply to amend the declaration. Applications to amend a declaration must be supported by documentary evidence regarding the change and signed and acknowledged by both declarants.