De Facto Law

You may be aware that there is legislation dealing with the property rights of De Facto couples that came into effect on 1 March 2009. This legislation allows De Facto couples to claim rights similar to Married couples including splitting superannuation interests and claiming spousal maintenance following a separation which are provided for in mirror provisions in the Family Law Act.  Further, people in same-sex relationships can claim all the rights of people in heterosexual relationships bringing consistently and fairness in the way all relationship breakdowns are resolved.