In society today, it is becoming more common for couples to remain in long term relationships without marrying, while still entering into traditionally marital transactions such as purchasing property or having children together. Unlike other counties, if you are in a de facto relationship in Australia you generally have the same rights as a married couple after separation. A family lawyer can help you understand what these are.
Under the Family Law Act, a person is in a de facto relationship with another person if:
The Family Law Court may consider other factors when determining if a couple is in a de facto relationship, such as:
If you have recently ended, or are thinking of ending a de facto relationship, you should speak to a family lawyer as early as possible. As with a property settlement after marriage, there are various factors that will determine the outcome, so getting the right advice from a family law expert can help you understand what your entitlements and obligations are.
If you are unsure whether you are in a de facto relationship, speak to a family lawyer at Cairns Divorce Lawyers today.
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