DE FACTO RELATIONSHIPS

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.

CONTACTS FOR THIS AREA OF LAW
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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Sarah Galvin

Sarah Galvin

Court Work & Litigation Family & De Facto Law
From Brisbane to Kent County, England, back to sunny Queensland, Sarah has amassed over 20 years legal experience, locally and internationally. In that time Sarah found…
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Allison Kelly

Allison Kelly

Family & De Facto Law Wills and Estates
Intrigued by law and justice in Australia, Allison pursued a path in the legal profession through rigorous studies during 2012 to 2018 and achieved both a Bachelor…
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Isabella Phillips

Isabella Phillips

Family & De Facto Law
Bell graduated from Bond University in 2019 with a double degree in Law and Business.  Since graduating, Bell has completed her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice…
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