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De-facto Relationships

De-facto relationships

The Family Law Act recognises de-facto relationships.


The requirements to meet this definition is as follows:

  • You were in a relationship for at least 2 years;

  • At least one of the parties to the relationship was an ordinarily resident; and


  • both you and your former partner were ordinarily residents during at least one third of the period of the relationship; or

  • contributions were made in the form of financial, non-financial or to the welfare of the family.

Following the end of a de-facto relationship, parties must finalise their property settlement within 2 years from the date of separation. 

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