De-facto Relationships

A de-facto relationship is a relationship between you and your partner, who may be of the same or opposite sex, who live together on a genuine domestic basis. No particular finding in relation to any circumstance is to be regarded as necessary in deciding whether the persons have a de-facto relationship.

In NSW de-facto relationships have the same rights as married couples and often require the same services at the breakdown of the relationship such as Binding Financial Agreements, Child Support Agreements and Spousal Maintenance Agreements.

Whilst the emotional turmoil of an ending relationship may be difficult, family law agreements can be taken care of with the assistance of one of our family law lawyers. Strict time limits apply when making an application for spousal maintenance.

We can Help

At One Law we understand that this is a very difficult time in your life. Our priority is to resolve your matter as quickly as possible with the least cost and fuss to you.

The steps below explain how we can help you.

We make it simple

Our family law team is here to help. We would love to hear from you. You can get in touch with one of our family law lawyers by completing the online enquiry form below or by calling us on free call 1800 ONE LAW (663 529).

1

Meet With Us

We will spend time listening and understanding your individual circumstances and confirm your instructions regarding your needs and confirm your legal rights and obligations. We will commence completing the relevant documentation with you.

2

Put the plan in writing and lets talk

After we meet, we will put together the documentation for you to review and consider. It’s now time to show this application to your ex-partner for their consideration and signature.

3

Negotiate the final terms

Generally, as long as the parties are agreeable to the agreement, within a short space of time we should be able to complete the application which is then forwarded to the court for processing (if you would prefer it to be binding) or for storage (if you are content to keep the agreement less formal).

4

Apply to the court for consent orders

If you so choose, we can then apply to the court to formalise the agreement. We will finalise relevant documentation and file it with the court. After the court processes the documentation the court will confirm that the agreement has been approved and is now binding.

5

Apply to the court for final orders

There are times unfortunately when an agreement is opposed to by one of the parties. If this occurs then it will be necessary to attend a court hearing regarding the application to determine whether it is reasonable that the agreement should be approved.

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