De Facto Relationship

What is a De Facto?

De facto couples, thanks to the 2002 law change to the Property (Relationships) Act, now have the same rights as married couples – as long as they’ve been together for at least three years.  According to the Property (Relationships) Act, the following should be taken into account when attempting to define what a de facto relationship is, under law:
• The length of the relationship
• The extent to which a couple share a home
• The degree to which finances are merged
• How the property is owned and used
• Whether there is a sexual relationship
• How the children are cared for and supported
• Who does the housework
• Mutual commitment to a shared life
• Whether others saw the parties as a couple
• “Any other matters” that seem appropriate