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Leaving A De Facto Relationship? Here’s What You Need To Know
In Australia, de facto relationships are recognised by law, and de facto partners enjoy many of the same rights as a married couple. When a de facto relationship breaks down, both parties are entitled to certain financial rights and responsibilities.
At Collective Family Law Group, we have experienced de facto family lawyers to help you navigate the family law prescribed for de facto relationships when they break down.
We have a range of expert family law solicitors that can help our clients through separation, mediation, and a preoperty settlement successfully.
Here are a few things you should know if you’re considering leaving a de facto relationship.
What Is A De Facto Relationship?
In essence, a de facto relationship is where two people who aren’t married and aren’t related to one another live together in a genuine ‘marriage-like’ domestic situation. For the purposes of family law and property settlement, a de facto relationship is one in which;
- A couple has been living in a genuine domestic relationship for at least two years.
- The couple has a child who has not yet reached the age of 18.
- One or both parties have made significant financial or non-financial contributions to the relationship.
Should You Call A De Facto Family Lawyer?
Some de facto separations are straightforward, and neither party needs the advice of de facto lawyers. On the other hand, some relationships are a little bit more complicated. Here are a few signs you should call one of our family law solicitors when your relationship ends.
- If you have a child or children together. When kids are involved, it’s best to attend mediation and draw up a parenting agreement. A parenting agreement outlines the child’s best interests, each parent’s responsibilities in making major long-term decisions about the child’s life, and the living arrangements for the child. If you can’t make decisions during mediation, you may need to apply for a parenting order from the family court.
- If you have an initial binding financial agreement. Some de facto couples seek independent legal advice to create a binding financial agreement before entering into a de facto relationship. This document is sort of like a prenuptial agreement and aims to protect the financial interests of both parties if the relationship were to break down. If you have a binding financial agreement, come and see a separation lawyer at Collective Family Law Group, and we’ll help you read through it, so you understand your rights.
- If you are a victim of domestic violence. If there is a documented history of domestic violence in your relationship, you may be entitled to different rights on the breakdown of a relationship. You may be able to access a domestic violence order (DVO), a protection order, a restraining order, or an apprehended violence order (AVO). Which can serve to protect you and your children from your abuser. The Collective Family Law Group team has extensive experience handling sensitive domestic violence issues, so if you’re looking for de facto lawyers to handle your case with compassion, contact us today.
At Collective Family Law Group, our practice focuses exclusively on family law matters. We’re industry experts in all matters of family law, including but not limited to matters of separation, property settlement, domestic violence, financial agreements, divorce, and child support. We strive to provide quality legal services with a resolution-focused approach to our clients’ needs, and our team offer practical legal advice and solutions in a professional, approachable manner. If you need de facto lawyers, contact Collective Family Law Group today.