I would consult a family law attorney - and can provide a reference for one of the best in Orange County if you would like.
If you were to take the tenant route - your 'landlord' would need to give you certain legal notices if he were to evict - and this can only be for cause. If these notices are not filed - you don't have to move.
Stick to your guns as you have rights.
Of course you have rights...and you need to talk to a family law attorney NOW! CJ.....great information and sources to help!
I'm so sorry that you are going through this, but make sure and protect yourself.
Sorry to hear about your break up.
You do have rights. Consult this link for a down loadable booklet regarding tenant rights in California.
Consult with an attorney that understands domestic partnerships and the laws related to this union.
2. Partners' Responsibilities to Each Other
By signing a domestic partnership agreement, each partner is made responsible for the other's basic living expenses. [No. 18] The law defines such expenses to include basic food and shelter. [No. 19] Under the law, each partner must ensure each other's provision for these basic living expenses. As a result of this duty, one may be responsible to pay a creditor if one's partner receives basic food or shelter on credit. [No. 20]
Of course you have rights, everyone does this is America! Being a landlord myself I know when you want a tenant out you must evict them. That process takes at least 30 days minimum. You said you are disolving a domestic partnership, was the issue not resolved durring that court proceeding? Were you told you had to move out by a judge or whatever entity was presiding to move out?
There is a renters hotline you can call for free legal advice. You really should do that at this point.
Try this site online Q and A: http://www.justanswer.com/brands/California-Law?ofid=7&r
Best of luck to you,
Prudential CA Realty