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De Facto Relationships (including Same Sex Relationships)

De Facto Relationships (including Same Sex Relationships)

A person is in a de facto relationship with another person if:-

  • the persons are not married to each other;
  • the persons are not related by family; and
  • they have a relationship as a couple living together on a genuine domestic basis.


When working out if persons have a relationship as a couple you look at factors such as:-

  • the duration of the relationship;
  • the living arrangements;
  • whether a sexual relationship exists;
  • the way finances are arranged;
  • whether you own property together and how you bought it;
  • whether your relationship is registered under state or territory law;
  • the care and support of children; and
  • the way you present your relationship in public.


De facto relationships can be heterosexual or same sex. A relationship does not have to be a full time relationship to be a de facto relationship.

Catherine Henry Lawyers has a long history of helping de facto and same sex couples in all aspects of family law. If you separate from your partner we can help you to reach an agreement regarding your children and/or property settlement.


*This information is supplied as general advice only. For expert advice relating to your specific family law issue, contact one of our experienced and professional family law solicitors on 02 4929 3995 or at info@catherinehenrylawyers.com.au





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