In general terms, the law applied to married couples and de facto relationships isn’t vastly different.
Everyone knows if they are married. Not everyone knows if they are or are not in a de facto relationship. Often, the first issue that needs to be resolved before other property, financial and parenting issues can be addressed, is whether the couple were or were not living together in a de facto relationship. If so, when did it commence and when did it end?
You’re in a de facto relationship if you’re not legally married to each other and you’re living together on a genuine domestic basis. Without listing all the relevant factors which constitute living together on that basis – even if you’re living in separate houses – we can advise you whether you’d be considered as being in a de facto relationship. There are strict time limits when bringing a claim and important considerations to be aware of when pursuing or defending, and ultimately settling such claims.
Jones Mitchell Family Lawyers has extensive experience in dealing with these and many other issues relating to de facto relationships and can advise you no matter what stage of relationship you’re at – whether prior to, during or at the end.