De Facto couples have the same rights, responsibilities and legal protection as married couples under the Family Law Act in Australia.
But more stringent definitions mean that couples may unknowingly fall into a relationship — something that can have legal and financial consequences for the unwary. If you separate, your ex-partner may be able to claim a portion of your assets. Negotiating this can add to the emotional trauma of the initial separation.
You have the same rights as a married couple under the Family Law Act. Find out all you need to know.