In the changing dynamics of today’s society we see many blended families, where parties may form new relationships and reside together but not get married.
Under the Family Law Act a de-facto relationship exists if you and your former partner have been living together on a genuine domestic basis. A de-facto relationship can exists with same sex relationships as well as people of opposite sex in a relationship.
There are a number of circumstances that will determine if parties are in a de-facto relationship and they include: –
- Duration of the relationship
- Whether parties have a common residence;
- If a sexual relationship exists
- If there are children to the relationship
- Degree of financial dependence
- Ownership and acquisition of property together
- Degree of share mutual commitment to life;
- If the relationship is registered through state department of Births Deaths and Marriages;
- The public perception of the relationship.
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