Leaving A De Facto Relationship – What Are Your Rights?
July 18, 2017
In Australia, de facto relationships are recognised by law.
When de facto couples split, they have similar financial rights and responsibilities as their married counterparts. This includes property, spousal maintenance and child support – and just as married couples who are unable to reach agreement on financial and parenting matters when they separate apply to the Court for a decision, de facto spouses can also pursue a legal route.
A de facto relationship is one where two people who aren’t married to one another and who aren’t related to one another, live together in a genuine ‘marriage-like’ domestic situation. For the purposes of family law and property settlement, a relationship is given de facto status when the couple has lived together for two years with same-sex relationships also considered to be de facto relationships. A relationship can also be given de facto status if you have a child together who has not attained the age of 18 years old or if the de facto partner who applies for the order made substancial contributions.