De Facto Relationships

De Facto Relationships

Couples in de facto relationships have the same rights and entitlements as married couples when it comes to matters regarding property settlement and parenting orders. However, it may be harder that it seems to prove that a defacto relationships exists in the first place. All relationships are different, and therefore there is no concrete rule. In general, you are in a defacto relationship if you are a couple living together on a genuine domestic basis, considering:

  • the length of the relationship;
  • the circumstances under which you live together;
  • whether a sexual relationship exists;
  • the degree of interdependence between you;
  • mutual commitment to a shared life;
  • the care and support of children; and
  • the reputation and public aspects of the relationship.

If you are unsure about whether you are in a defacto relationship simply contact us online or give us a call.

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