Case Study: Establishing a De Facto Relationship

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In Hankinson & De Vries [2015] FamCA 833 the respondent denied a de facto relationship existed. The court aimed to determine whether the couple lived together on a “genuine domestic basis.”

Since the de facto wife was the applicant, she was required to show that on the balance of probabilities, a de facto relationship existed.

In determining that a de facto relationship did exist, the court arguably considered the parties’ close working relationship, ongoing sexual relationship, short period of cohabitation, joint involvement in purchasing property and their holidaying together with the de facto wife’s children.

De facto property settlement can be very complex. We therefore recommend you seek legal advice from one of our very experienced Perth family lawyers. We invite you to discuss your particular matter with our Legal Practitioner Director, Ms. Shannon Bodeker, who has been working in family law for over 20 years.

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