What is a De Facto Relationship?

If you live in Perth, Western Australia, you may wish to know whether or not you are currently in a de facto relationship, as it could have legal implications that you were not previously aware of.

Family Law in Western Australia makes provision for those couples in a de facto relationship as well as traditionally 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, as The Family Law Act (Cth) 1975 sets out a list of aspects of the relationship which may be considered by the court when determining whether or not a couple have a “relationship as a couple” for the purposes of the Act.

If you have any questions relating to de facto relationships, you should promptly seek legal advice from an experienced family law solicitor. We invite you to discuss your particular 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 will be read on a complimentary basis 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 info@bodekers.com.au now for your complimentary pre-read and your first appointment at a reduced rate.