De Facto Relationships
You may need legal help for a de facto relationship
The rules that apply for De Facto Relationships may differ from normal family rules in Australia. So, that’s a good idea to seek legal advices if you decide to go to a de facto relationship.
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Registering a de facto relationship
- Legal advice to your de facto relationship status
- Most states and territories allow you to register a de facto relationship through the state’s Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. This provides you with a certificate which can be used as proof of the de facto relationship
- A registered relationship or civil union may also create rights for property division
Breakdown of a de facto relationship
There are matters regarding the division of property or children. Upon the breakdown of a de facto relationship, there are three ways to sort out how to divide property:
- By agreement without court involvement;
- Through an agreement formalised by the court through an application for Consent Orders
- By applying to the court for orders.
Rights to court orders
Most Australian states and territories allow people to apply to either the Family Court or the Federal Circuit Court for a de facto relationship, however in Western Australia, you need to apply to the Family Court of Western Australia to resolve issues relating to children or property.
Death of a de facto partner
If you are considering to be in a relationship and your partner dies, then you have the same rights as a married person. These rights may involve:
- A share of an estate where no Will exists
- The right to challenge the Will if inadequate
- Receive compensation entitlements under workers compensation law if your partner dies during the course of employment
- Claim social security entitlements.
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