De Facto Relationships

A de facto relationship is defined in the Act as being in a relationship with another person but not legally married to each other, you are not related by family and you have a relationship as a couple living together on a genuine domestic basis.

Usually, you will need to demonstrate that you have lived together for at least two years.  This is overlooked if there is a child of the relationship, or in other exceptional circumstances.

A de facto relationship can exist between 2 persons of different sexes and between 2 persons of the same sex.

Please contact our Family Law team to help you through the process.