Same sex and heterosexual de facto couples are entitled to many of the same rights as married couples.
A de facto relationship is one between two adults who live together as a couple, and who are not married.
Whilst a same sex couple cannot legally marry in Australia, your relationship is recognised as a de facto relationship for some legal purposes, including dividing your property.
A person in a de facto relationship, including a same sex couple, can also obtain a Domestic Violence Protection Order.
You are also able to apply to the Family Court or Federal Circuit Court to obtain parenting orders for a child of a relationship.
There are several factors that could indicate the existence of a de facto relationship and it is important that you obtain legal advice as to your entitlements.
Contact us to arrange an appointment with an accredited family law specialist or an experienced solicitor to obtain advice about de facto relationships.