Same Sex and Defacto Relationships

In contemporary Australia, it is common for couples to live together whether married or not. A de facto relationship is when 2 people are not married, but live together or have lived together as a couple on a genuine domestic basis. It is important to note that after 1 March 2009 the same laws apply to same-sex couples as to heterosexual (different-sex) couples. Previously any Court applications for property division had to be made to the State Courts however the jurisdiction is now governed by the Family Law Act.