FAQs: What is a de facto relationship and what are my rights when I am in one?

Under the Family Court Act 1997 (WA) a person is considered to be in a de facto relationship if the couple are living together in a marriage-like relationship yet are not legally married to each other and are not related by family.

In a break up, de facto couples (including same sex couples) have the same rights as married couples except for the splitting of superannuation assets.

What is a de facto relationship?
What is a de facto relationship?
When am I in a de facto relationship?
When am I in a de facto relationship?
Can a same sex relationship be a de facto relationship?
Can a same sex relationship be a de facto relationship?
Is it possible to be in more than one de facto relationship?
Is it possible to be in more than one de facto relationship?
Is it possible to be in a de facto relationship when I’m married to someone else?
Is it possible to be in a de facto relationship when I’m married to someone else?
When can a court make an order in relation to a de facto relationship?
When can a court make an order in relation to a de facto relationship?
Do de facto couples have any rights?
Do de facto couples have any rights?
Are de facto couples’ rights the same as married couples’ rights?
Are de facto couples’ rights the same as married couples’ rights?
Can I do anything to protect my assets from a de facto partner?
Can I do anything to protect my assets from a de facto partner?
How can a Family Lawyer assist you in a de facto relationship?
How can a Family Lawyer assist you in a de facto relationship?