DE-FACTO RELATIONSHIPS

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In 2009, the way in which a de-facto relationship breakdown was dealt with under legislation changed.

Prior to that date, property settlement issues for couples who lived together  were considered under the relevant State-based legislation.  However, since 1st March 2009 all de-facto relationship disputes are now dealt with under the Commonwealth Family Law Act.  This means that de facto couples, and same -sex couples, who are involved in property or parenting disputes are now subject to the same legislation as a married couple.

At Karen Haga & Associates our experienced lawyers can help you to negotiate an agreement with your former partner in relation to property or parenting disputes post separation, and provide expert representation in Court if required.  We can also help you to draft Financial Agreements in advance, that will protect your assets in the event of a relationship breakdown.