Property Settlements for De Facto Couples
If your de facto relationship has broken down after 1 March 2009, you can apply to the Family Court or the Federal Circuit Court to have your financial matters determined in the same way as if you were married to your former partner. However, before you can make an application to the Court, you must first satisfy the following four criteria:
You must apply for financial orders within two years of the breakdown of your de facto relationship. If two years has passed since separation, you will need the permission of the Court to bring an application.
If you would like to advice about a de facto relationship and would like to be informed regarding your options for finalising your financial matters (including options to settle out of Court), contact us on 8391 8411 to book a free 30-minute consultation with us to discuss what steps you should take next.