There are two types of partners. General partners have an obligation of strict liability to third parties injured by the Partnership. General partners may have joint liability or joint and several liability depending upon circumstances. The liability of limited partners is limited to their investment in the partnership.
A silent partner is one who still shares in the profits and losses of the business, but who is uninvolved in its management, and/or whose association with the business is not publicly known.
In the civil law the partnership is a nominate contract between individuals who, in a spirit of cooperation, agree to carry on an enterprise, contribute to it, by combining property, knowledge or activities and to share its profit. Partners may have a partnership agreement , or declaration of partnership and in some jurisdictions such agreements may be registered and available for public inspection.
People can also be partners in a personal relationship. These partnerships do not necessarily have legal status, but they may have it, such as with a marriage, civil union or domestic partner agreement. Committed Censored page couples sometimes speak of being "partners" or "life partners."
Examples of personal partnerships: