Defacto and Same Sex Relationships

In most ways, Defacto and Same Sex Relationships are treated in exactly the same way as married couples for property settlement and parenting arrangements after separation.

If a defacto couple (including same sex couples) have been living together for two years or more, they will be able to bring a claim for property settlement.

Defacto couples have two years from the date of separation to file any property settlement matters, whereas married couples have one year from the date their divorce becomes final (and some couples never divorce).

We can assist you with property settlement and parenting arrangements following the break down of your defacto or same sex relationship. We are deeply committed to providing a safe, respectful service to clients from all backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, cultural identities and circumstances.