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What is a Legal De Facto Relationship?

De Facto relationships are defined in Section 4AA of the Family Law Act 1975. A relationship is de facto if:

  1. The partners are not legally married to each other and;
  2. They are not related by family and;
  3. In all the circumstances of their relationship, they have a relationship as a couple living together on a genuine domestic basis.
Vanessa Mathews
Managing Director FDRP and Mediator
BCOMM BSW LLB