My partner and I have never been married. What are my rights and obligations?
For relationships that break down after 1 March 2009, new laws apply under the Family Law Act.
The same legal principles that apply to financial settlements between parties to a marriage are now applied to settlements between de facto partners.
Superannuation can be split between de facto partners following their relationship breakdown. Spousal maintenance can also be ordered.
Cases between de facto partners pertaining to their children have been regulated by the Family Law Act since 1988.