De facto relationships

What is a de facto relationship?
A de facto relationship is when you and your  partner (both being over the age of 18), who may be of the same or opposite sex, have a relationship as a couple living together on a genuine domestic basis. It is not a de facto relationship if you were legally married to one another or if you are related by family.

What happens when a de facto relationship breaks down?
From 1 March 2009, parties to an eligible de facto relationship which has broken down can apply to the Family Court of Australia or the Federal Magistrates Court to have financial and parenting matters determined in the same way as married couples. Examples of financial matters include the adjustment of property interests or maintenance of a party to the de facto relationship.

What do I need to know to file an Application with the Court?
Please contact Caroline Chung for legal advice
. If you have been in a de facto relationship and are considering making an application to the Court for financial, parenting or maintenance orders, there are new Commonwealth laws relevant for separating de facto couples which Caroline will discuss with you to determine whether you are eligible to make your application.

Please contact us if you have any other legal questions about de facto relationships.