We understand that changing societal views have resulted in the legal recognition that the family structure takes many forms.
The current law, in most respects, recognises de facto and same-sex relationships in the same way as it recognises married couples. A party to the breakdown of a de facto or same-sex relationship can now pursue a property settlement and children’s orders under the same laws and through the same Court system as a married couple.
In determining whether a relationship is considered by the law to be de facto it must satisfy a number of criteria.
For more information on property settlement and financial matters, please read our family law faqs on financial and property settlements or contact us to make an appointment.