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In Australia, de facto couples have many of the same rights and responsibilities as married couples when it comes to the division of property, financial settlements, and arrangements for children. At Parker Coles Curtis, we are experts in navigating the intricacies of de facto break ups, ensuring that your rights are protected, and equitable outcomes are achieved for both property and children’s arrangements.

Understanding de facto relationships

A de facto relationship is recognised when two adults live together on a genuine domestic basis but are not married. Should the relationship end, individuals are entitled to legal considerations similar to those of married couples, particularly regarding property distribution and arrangements for children.

Key considerations

Property and financial settlements: The law treats de facto partners similarly to married couples, allowing for property and financial settlements that consider the contributions of each partner and their future needs.

Children’s arrangements: The welfare of children is paramount, with arrangements needing to reflect their best interests while ensuring the continued involvement of both parents.

Time limits: De facto partners must initiate proceedings for property settlement or spousal maintenance within two years from the end of the relationship, highlighting the importance of seeking timely legal advice.

Why work with us

Expertise: Our lawyers are specialists in the field of family law, with a deep understanding of the complexities involved in de facto break ups.

Client-centered service: Recognised for our excellence in family law, we offer a service that is both award-winning and deeply empathetic to our clients' needs.

Comprehensive support: We guide you through every step of the process, providing support and advice tailored to achieve the best possible outcomes for your situation.

Moving forward

Dealing with the end of a de facto relationship requires careful legal consideration to ensure your rights are protected and you are set on a path towards a positive future. Contact Parker Coles Curtis to discover how we can assist you through this challenging time, providing clarity, support, and expert legal guidance.

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