Whether you qualify as being engaged in or have been in a de facto relationship is not always obvious. Whether you are in a de facto relationship or not will affect your property settlement entitlement rights in the event your relationship breaks down.
Firstly, you need to meet the basic “threshold” criteria the Family Law Act 1975 requires for the existence of a de facto relationship to be determined. Our fact sheet explains how this criteria is applied and can help you understand your legal standing.
Our fact sheet outlines the criteria a court will use to decide if a de facto relationship existed, how to register a relationship, issues for QLD couples and time limits that may be appropriate. If you do not meet certain requirements a court cannot find you to be in a de facto relationship and you may lose out financially as a result of this finding.