De Facto Relationships
As from 1 March 2009, most Queensland de facto relationships fall under the Family Law Act 1975.
What is a De Facto Relationship?
The Macquarie Dictionary defines De Facto Wife as “a woman who lives with a man as his wife, but is not married to him”. The Macquarie Dictionary defines a De Facto Husband as “a man who lives with a woman as her husband, but is not married to her”.
However, the Family Law Act has a much wider definition of “De Facto Relationships”.
- No particular finding in relation to any circumstance is necessary in deciding whether a De Facto Relationship exists;
- A Court is entitled to have regard to such matters as may seem appropriate in the circumstances of the case;
- A De Facto Relationship can exist between two persons of different sexes and between two persons of the same sex;
- A De Facto Relationship can exist even if one of the persons is legally married to someone else, or in another De Facto Relationship.