De facto couples have the same legal issues as married couples, and some extra legal issues on top.  

Our experienced family law team is intimately familiar with the legal ins and outs of de facto and married couples, and can guide you through the legal system as it applies to you.

We help clients in de facto relationships with:

  • “Pre-nup” Agreements – de facto couples have the legal right to agree how their property is to be dealt with if they split up
  • Property Division – when a de facto couple separate, they have the same rights as married couples to work out a fair split up of the assets that they have accumulated
  • Children’s matters – the children of de facto couples need care and support if a relationship breaks down. We can help you work out a fair and child-focussed plan for your children’s care.
  • Domestic Violence – no-one has the right to engage in domestic violence. We can help you get a Court issued protection order.

Financial Issues including:

  • Property Division - including de facto relationships
  • Superannuation (including self-managed superannuation funds), long service leave and other "financial resources"
  • Spousal maintenance
  • The effect of Family or Unit Trusts on property entitlements
  • Binding Financial Agreements
  • "Pre-Nuptial" Agreements

Children’s Issues

  • Where will the children live?
  • What arrangements need to be made for the other parent to spend time with the children?
  • Special Issues - religion schooling, supervision
  • Child Support (Maintenance)

Contact us today for expert, compassionate and practical help.

Andrew Smyth

Andrew Smyth

Commercial Law Court Work & Litigation Family & De Facto Law Wills and Estates
With 30 years’ experience working in and managing business, Andrew Smyth is sought after by industry and commerce for his specialist knowledge in structuring, regulatory compliance…
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Isabella Phillips

Isabella Phillips

Court Work & Litigation Family & De Facto Law Wills and Estates
Bell is a solicitor in our Succession & Litigation team and has taken to specialising in estate litigation. Bell graduated from Bond University with a double degree in…
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