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Same Sex Relationships

Same sex relationships are included within the definition of ‘De Facto Couple’ in the Family Law Act 1979. This means that same sex couples have the same financial rights and remedies available to married couples and such disputes will be dealt with by the either the Family Court or the Federal Circuit Court.

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.

Benefit from a balanced approach

At Pigdon|Norgate Family Lawyers we are able to assist you with all legal aspects of same sex couples. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss any questions you may have about your relationship.

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