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Same sex and heterosexual de facto couples are entitled to the same rights as married couples.
A de facto relationship is one between two adults who live together as a couple, and who are not married.
A person in a de facto relationship, including a same sex couple, can obtain a Domestic Violence Protection Order from a Magistrates Court.
You are also able to apply to the Federal Circuit or Family Court of Australia to obtain parenting orders for a child of a relationship and property adjustment orders in relation to your assets and liabilities.
There are several factors that could indicate the existence of a de facto relationship and it is important that you obtain legal advice as to your entitlements.
Contact us to arrange an appointment with an accredited Family Law specialist or an experienced solicitor to obtain advice about de facto relationships.