Perth De Facto Relationships – Spousal Maintenance – Perth family Law

June 14, 2017 – at 11:21 am – by Bodekers Family Lawyers

Perth De facto  Relationships

if you live in Perth, Western Australia, you may currently be in a de facto relationship. De facto relationships have legal implications that you may not be aware of.

Family Law in Western Australia makes provision for de facto relationships as well as married couples. You may be in a de facto relationship if you and your partner:

  1. Are not legally married to each other; and
  2. Are not related by family; and
  3. You have a relationship as a couple living together on a genuine domestic basis.

Satisfying point 3 is not always clear cut. The Family Law Act (Cth) 1975 sets out a list of aspects which it considers. These aspects can help you determine how the court views your relationship.

Perth De Facto Relationships – Spousal maintenance

Not many of us realise when we enter a relationship, that in some situations, a we could be liable to maintain the other if the relationship breaks down. Spousal maintenance is when one person provides ongoing financial support for their former partner. Spousal maintenance is not automatic, and is usually considered as part of an overall settlement.

Perth De Facto Relationships – Spousal Maintenance – Bodekers

if you have any questions relating to Perth de facto relationships, you should promptly seek legal advice.

We invite you to discuss your situation with our Legal Practitioner Director, Ms. Shannon Bodeker, who is very experienced in this area.

Prior to your first appointment, you may send us an email, fax or similar, outlining your situation in as much detail as you like. This information is read at no charge prior to your first family law appointment.

Please note this is not family law advice. It is important to seek specific family law advice. We are very experienced Perth family law solicitors and can provide you with the very best legal advice regarding de facto relationships.

Email our Legal Practitioner Director Shannon Bodeker at shannon@bodekers.com.au now for your free pre-read and your first appointment at a reduced rate.