Defacto Same Sex Relationships in Australia are covered by the Family Law Act 1997
The Family Law Amendment Act came into effect in 2009, whereby all the states and territories referred their powers to deal with property and maintenance issues for de facto couples to the Commonwealth.
How does this effect you?
Virtually all the rules are exactly the same – you can still make an agreement either:
We provide agreement kits for Gay Male and Lesbian Couples. The agreement covers the same issues but is formatted for your ease with either he/he or she/she pronouns and references.
Which stage are you at?
If you’re not sure whether you’re in a de facto relationship, the legislation defines it like this:
A person is in a de facto relationship with another person if:-
For the purposes of this Act:
For a full definition go to Section 4AA of the Family Law Act.