“Delays in the family law system, just one of a host of problems facing parents like Christine, are now considered the norm. The courts are groaning under a backlog of more than 20,000 cases and lawyers in Sydney are advising clients that cases filed in the Federal Circuit Court today will not get a hearing date until 2020.”
Sydney Morning Herald August 19 2018
What is a De Facto Relationship?
Simply put, in Australia, de facto relationships are recognised by law. Such a relationship is defined as two people who are not married, aren’t related to each other, who choose to live with each other and have a relationship likened to what marriage would look like.
If you reside in any state or territory in Australia (except WA), the applicable law governing your de facto relationship entitlements is the Family Law Act.
Legal standing for such a relationship is activated following a two-year period of which the marriage-like relationship exists. This relationship can also be a same-sex relationship.