Did you know that even if you are not living with someone you could still be deemed to be in a de facto relationship.
The following factors are just some which can be taken into consideration when the court is deciding whether or not you are in a de facto relationship:
- Whether you are living together as a couple
- Any common residence (you don’t necessarily need to be living together)
- Physical relationship
- Financial dependence
- Ownership of property
- Mutual commitment
- Care and support of a child (does not need to be a child of the relationship)
- How friends view the relationship
The crucial thing to take in is that these are all contributing factors and do not necessarily need to be considered together when a decision is being made. Many people are not aware of just how easy it is to be classed as being in a de facto relationship and therefore it is very important to:
a) Be aware of the law
b) Know what options you have
c) Take the proper steps to protect the assets you have worked so hard for.
To find out more about de facto relationships and protecting your assets contact us today.