Relationship Period for De Facto Relationship

How Long is the Relationship Period for a De Facto Relationship?.

The recognised Relationship Period for a De Facto Relationship might vary depending on the Government body that is assessing your relationship.

This can be from the date you moved in together, or one or even two years from that date.  Immigration, Separation and Government Benefits all have different time periods for recognition.

Relationship Period for De Facto Relationship for Family Law.

The Family Court of Australia states this wording for a De Facto Relationship: “That the period for the de facto relationship is at least 2 years

Relationship Period for De Facto Relationship for Government Benefits.

Centrelink considers a person to be in a de facto relationship from the time they commence living with another person as a member of a couple.

Relationship Period for De Facto Relationship for Immigration.

Partner Visa applicants who are not married or are not in a registered relationship are regarded as being in a ‘de facto’ relationship and are generally required to have been living together for 12 months before their Partner Visa application is submitted. (There is an exception for partners who have had to live apart for a period, due to work or family commitments).

There are other exceptions to this, especially for those who live in a country where living together as a couple, before marriage, is not permitted. Or, where a same-sex relationship is illegal. In these cases this rule may be relaxed.

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A Government page on the subject:

De Facto Relationship Time


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