De facto Relationship Lawyers
Doray Legal can advise and assist you in resolving any dispute you may have with your ex-de facto partner in relation to financial matters or your children.
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Couples (including same sex couples) can apply to the Family Court for assistance in resolving their disputes over financial matters upon the breakdown of a de facto relationship if the parties were separated on or after 1 December 2002 and the Family Court is satisfied that:
- the parties were in a de facto relationship for at least 2 years; or
- if the de facto relationship lasted less than 2 years, there is a child under the age of 18 years to the relationship and serious injustice would be caused to the party caring or responsible for the child if the Family Court did not intervene; or
- if the de facto relationship lasted less than 2 years, the partner who makes an application to the Family Court has made substantial financial contributions, non-financial contributions and/or contributions as parent and/or homemaker and serious injustice would be caused to that person if the Family Court did not intervene.
De facto couples can also seek the assistance of the Family Court in resolving their disputes with respect to their children. The laws relating to arrangements for children, child support and adult child maintenance generally apply to all children even if their parents were not married.