Moving in together and de facto relationship – what you need to know

Moving in together is a big step in every relationship, but it can also be a big step legally. Whether or not you’re in a de facto relationship, and how long you are in a relationship, can have impacts on many different areas of law – so it’s important to know what changes when you move in.


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The legal definition of a de facto relationship is a relationship where the parties live together on a genuine domestic basis as partners, irrespective of their gender. The legal definition of a genuine domestic basis is informed by an analysis of the following criteria.

  1. The duration of the relationship
  2. Whether or not you live together in the same residence
  3. Financial dependence onThis content is Subscribers only. Join today! It's free and quick.

    Due to the many areas of law that intersect with de facto relationships we strongly advise our clients to consider making or updating their important legal documents when entering into a de facto relationship. We can assist clients with solutions such as Wills, Powers of Attorney, ‘Pre-nuptial’ Agreements (known as Binding Financial Agreements), Family Agreements, property transfers and refinances.

    Every relationship is different, which is why it’s important that you advise us about any peculiarities, history that you’re aware of, or special requirements you may have.

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