Defacto

Whether you are in a De Facto Relationship is not always obvious but it can be important to determine whether you have any property settlement entitlements if your relationship breaks down.

You might be living together, combine incomes and feel it is obvious you are in such a relationship or you might only spend some nights together each week and feel you are definitely not living in a de facto situation.

Under the Family Law Act 1975 couples can be, opposite sex, same sex or multi partnered (amendments make it is possible The definition of ‘de facto” in the Family Law Act  includes same sex couples.

First you need to meet the basic “threshold” criteria the Family Law Act 1975 requires for the existence of a De Facto Relationship. There are a number of other jurisdictional and definitional requirements and considerations and our office is in a position to assist you, regardless of your relationship status. 

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