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Living together

This guide looks at some areas of the law that affect people who choose to live together without getting married or entering a civil union, although often the law treats de facto couples the same as married or civil union couples.

This guide covers:

  • De facto relationships
  • Names
  • Children
  • Your partner’s children
  • Getting help
  • Family violence
  • Financial support
  • Property
  • Death
  • Other matters









Last updated on the 1st December 2018