Same Sex Relationships

by | Mar 12, 2024

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Same Sex Relationships

The definition of ‘De Facto Relationship” in the Family Law Act 1979 includes same sex couples. This means that unmarried same sex couples have the same rights and entitlements under the Family Law Act 1975 in relation to property and maintenance matters. Married couples are treated equally under the Family Law Act 1979, regardless of the gender of the parties.

As the financial rights and remedies for same sex couples are the same for de facto couples, for further information please see the following sections:

Parenting Arrangements & Child Support
Property Settlement
Financial Agreements

Common questions about Same Sex Couples

Do same sex couples have the same rights?
Same sex couples have the same rights as married couples and de facto couples. The Family Law Act 1979 states that a de facto relationship can exist between two people of different sexes and between two people of the same sex. Same sex couples therefore are considered to be in a de facto relationship for the purposes of property, parenting, maintenance and superannuation splitting.
Same Sex Relationships

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