We can advise you on what constitutes a de facto relationship in the eyes of the law and your rights with respect to property, maintenance and children in the event of a relationship breakdown.

Arrangements about children of separated de facto couples are decided using the same principles as for separated married couples. See our children’s page.

The laws about the division of property and maintenance between separated de facto couples is now largely the same as for married couples. See our property settlements and maintenance pages.