Family Law Library

Proof of a de facto relationship

A de facto relationship is defined as one in which a couple lives together in a genuine ‘domestic situation’.  There will be a close personal relationship between two adults whether related to one another or not, one or each of whom gives domestic support and personal care.

A Court will make Orders if it is satisfied that:

  • the couple had a child together,
  • the couple lived together for at least two years or
  • the applicant made financial or non-financial contributions or cared for the other party’s child and injustice would result if an order were not made.