Under Australian law, if a couple has a relationship as a couple and they are living together on a genuine domestic basis, then they are generally considered to be in a de facto relationship.
However, a court takes into account more than just cohabitation when determining whether or not a de facto relationship exists, and it is possible to be in more than one relationship at the same time. For example, it is possible to be in both a marriage and also in a de facto relationship, which can have financial implications if you go your separate ways.
In this 2 minute video, Family and Relationship Law partner, Craig Henderson, talks about what kind of things a court will consider when deciding whether a de facto relationship exists.
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