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Family Law – The legal rights of de facto couples versus married couples

Since June 1999 the term De Facto has been used to describe the relationship between the two adults (over the age of 18 and including couples of the same sex) who: 1. live together; and 2. are not married; and 3. are not siblings, parent or child of the other party. The Family Law Act defines De Facto relation as one where the couple is not married and are not related to each other and they are in a relationship and living together. A general requirement for De Facto couples is that they have been living together for a period of at least 2 years or they have a child together. Other criterias to determine a De Facto relationship include: 1. how long the relationship…

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