Experienced lawyers guide you through de-facto separation 

In Australia, de-facto partners have the same rights and entitlements as married couples when it comes to resolving property and financial matters and parenting arrangements.

Our lawyers are experienced in the laws surrounding de-facto relationships in Australia and can assist you in understanding your rights and entitlements, negotiating a property settlement, seeking spousal maintenance, and making arrangements for the care of any children.

Looking to safeguard your rights in your de-facto relationship? We are here to help. 

We understand that every situation is unique, and we will take the time to listen to your concerns and provide tailored legal advice to meet your legal needs. 

Our lawyers will ensure that your rights and entitlements are protected, and we will be committed to achieving the best possible outcome for you. We will take into account factors such as the length of your relationship and each partner’s contributions to ensure that your settlement is fair and equitable.

If any of the statements resonate with you, you should speak to our lawyer today to find out the best course of action.

  • You have been in a de-facto relationship.
  • You have acquired property, assets, or liabilities together during your de-facto relationship.
  • You have a child or children together.
  • You are in a vulnerable financial position, such as if you were financially dependent on your partner during the de-facto relationship.
  • You are unable to come to an agreement with your partner on your de-facto separation.

Frequently asked questions

How long do you need to live together to be considered in a de-facto relationship?

In Australia, you are considered to be in a de-facto relationship if you have been living together for at least 2 years. However, this can also apply if you have not lived together for 2 years but have a child together, have made substantial contributions to each other’s property or finances, or your relationship is registered under a state or territory law.

Seek legal advice to find out whether you are considered to be in a de-facto relationship.

What am I entitled to if I separate from my de facto partner?

If you separated from your de-facto partners, you may be entitled the following: 

  • a share of their property, assets, and liabilities acquired during the relationship. 
  • spousal support if you can’t support yourself financially after the separation. 
  • you and your partner will need to agree on their care, custody, and access arrangements

The specific entitlements in a de-facto separation can vary based on factors such as the length of the relationship and each partner’s contributions.

Contact us to find out what your entitlements are. 

Do I need a legal agreement to prove that I am in a de-facto relationship?

No, you do not need any legal document to prove that you are in a de-facto relationship. The existence of a de-facto relationship can be established through various factors, such as the length of time living together, the nature of your relationship, and the way in which you manage your finances.

Contact us to find out your entitlements in your de-facto relationship. 

How much does it cost to engage a lawyer for a de-facto separation?

The cost can vary depending on the complexity of your situation. In order to get a specific quote, it would be best to contact us directly. Our lawyers will assess your specific needs and provide you with a fixed-fee quote. 

This FAQ content is general in nature and not intended as legal advice. For specific legal advice regarding your situation, we strongly advise you to consult with experienced lawyers.

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At Canaan Lawyers, we are committed to achieving your desired outcome and enable you to succeed. If you are going through a de-facto separation and want to receive fair entitlements, we are here to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our lawyers.

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