De facto relationships

Essentials in de facto property law

Introduction Since 1 March 2009 the Family Law Courts have been able to deal with property and maintenance disputes between de facto couples in all states except Western Australia (and South Australia since 1 July 2010). This paper does not deal with the jurisdiction of the State and Territory courts to deal with property...

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Part VIIIAB financial agreements—not quite part VIIIA

It might be assumed that financial agreements between de facto partners under the Family Law Act 1975 ("the Act") have the same requirements and consequences as financial agreements between couples who are intending to marry, married or divorced. This is not so. As a result, the legal advice required to be given is different...

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