Defacto / same sex relationships


Defacto and Same Sex Relationships

The Law & De Facto Relationships

In 2009 changes to the laws in Australia have made it so that de facto relationships have similar rights and obligations as married couples. This means that many of the same rules including those related to finances and children still apply.

What qualifies as a de facto relationship is based on a number of factors including

  • the duration of the relationship;
  • the nature and extent of common residence;
  • whether a sexual relationship exists;
  • the degree of financial dependence or interdependence and arrangements for financial support;
  • the ownership, use and acquisition of their property;
  • the decree of mutual commitment to a shared life;
  • whether the relationship is or was registered under a prescribed law of a State/Territory;
  • the care and support of children; and
  • the reputation and public aspects of the relationship

The Law & Same Sex Relationships

Same sex relationships are viewed in the same way as de facto relationships under the law and as such have the same rights and responsibilities.

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If you require expert legal services in relation to all Family Law matters, Same Sex Relationships or De Facto Relationships speak to us as soon as possible so that we can advice you and adequately prepare you for the range of legal matters and options open to you that you will need to consider.

We are ready and able to provide advice, appear and also brief experienced Expert Counsel on an urgent basis to attend in order to best defend, safeguard and advance your rights and interests in all de facto or same sex marriage matters.

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