A de-facto relationship is defined as one in which a couple lives together in a genuine “domestic situation” and can encompass both opposite and same-sex couples. New legislation dealing with de facto relationships came into effect on 1 March 2009 which means that the Family Court now deals with all of the legal aspects of the separation, including any parenting agreement, property settlement and spouse maintenance, in the same way as a marriage breakdown for couples who separated after 1 March 2009.
The family law team at Coleman Greig has considerable experience in dealing with the issues that arise following the breakdown of a de-facto relationship.
We understand the difficulties involved and the unique nature of individual relationships. We take the time to get to know our clients and what is important and relevant to their matter, and we provide professional, reliable and practical advice that is tailored to their personal situation.
In addition to helping couples after a relationship breakdown, we can also provide advice to clients who may be considering entering into a de-facto relationship and want to protect their assets and financial independence.
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