Following legislative changes made on 1 March 2009, parties who are in a de-facto relationship can now apply and be considered pursuant to the Family Law Act 1975 (Commonwealth).
This means that if you were in a de-facto relationship and you satisfied the geographical and legislative requirements you can apply to the Family Court seeking orders in relation to both the division of property and care and support of children.
It is important to note that any de-facto relationships in Western Australia and those de-facto relationships cease to exist prior to the 1 March 2009, continue to be dealt with under the old legislation. For example in NSW this was under the Property (Relationship) Act 1984 (NSW).
If you require specialised advice in relation to ending any de-facto matter, such as the requirements for a de-facto relationship, co-habitation or the division of property and assets following separation, please contact our offices.