Australian De Facto Relationships In A Nutshell

With the no-cost accessibility to the vast information in the Web, ignorance is not a valid excuse. It is important to familiarize yourself about your rights and legal options when committed to an Australian.


If you are in an unmarried relationship with an Australian and have been together on a genuine domestic basis for at least two years then, you are qualified for the “de facto relationship” as defined by the Family Law Act 1975. You are not in a de facto relationship if you are legally married or if you are related by family.


Interestingly, de facto relationships is not limited to opposite sex relationships. It can also exist in the form of same sex or multiple partners. You read that right!


A person can engage in multiple de facto relationships or be in a de facto relationship while married with somebody else. As a Filipino immigrant, it can be tricky if your partner is involved with somebody else while in a de facto relationship with you. Hence, you must consider to take legal matters into your own hands.


Start by knowing these basic information:


Visa Requirements


Being away from the person or persons you love is an unpleasant and often stressful ordeal that many Filipinos have to face. Once you decided to leave Philippines and be with your Australian lover for good, you can consider to apply for an Australian Partner Visa. The Australian Partner Visa applies  for either the spouse or the de facto partner.


You and your partner must have lived together for at least 12 months prior to your visa application under the de facto clause. Applying for this visa within or outside Australia is certainly possible!


As a friendly reminder, the authenticity of your relationship will be measured based on several factors. This is why you must equip yourselves with financial evidence supporting your claims, social evidence supporting your relationship, and general evidence detailing the duration of your relationship.


Dissolution of Relationships


If your de facto relationship takes a turn for the worse, you may settle your financial disputes at the Family Court or the Federal Circuit Court. To get the Court’s permission, you must satisfy all of the following points:


(a) your genuine de facto relationship with your former partner has broken down,

(b) you have a locational connection to a participating jurisdiction,

(c) your relationship broke down after March 2009 or after July 2010,

(d) and 1 of these 4 specifiers applies to you – the period of the de facto relationship is at least 2 years, your relationship involves a child, your relationship is registered under a prescribed law, or your relationship consists of significant contributions to property or custodial agreements.


Since the Court can make some exemptions depending on your personal circumstance, it is recommended to obtain legal advice before filing for an application.


Let me close this post with an entertaining and short video summary of the De Facto Relationships:

Anna Agoncillo

Anna is a Registered Psychometrician and a graduate of Cardiff Metropolitan University, United Kingdom. Earning a bachelor's degree with honors in Psychological Studies, lead her to a career of writing and teaching. She is also the author of the new book entitled Psychology of Love, Money, & Life.


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