In de facto and same-sex relationship law, 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.