Each relationship is different, and when it comes to de-facto relationships they can sometimes be hard to define. A de-facto relationship is generally defined by a couple living together in a genuine "domestic situation". This applies to both opposite and same-sex couples. As of 1 March 2009, new legislation was introduced allowing the Family Court to deal with the legal aspects of any separation. This includes any parenting agreement, spousal maintenance agreement or property settlement. A de-facto relationship ending is viewed in the same way as the breakdown of a marriage for any couple that is separated after the new legislation date, as of 1 March 2009.

At Laymens it's our aim to understand the unique state of your relationship as best we can so that we can provide the best services possible. Taking the time to get to know our clients means we can determine what's important to them. As a result, Laymens provides professional, reliable and practical advice with your individual situation in mind.

For more information on De-Facto Relationships, please contact Laymens on Free Call 1800 529 636.