Our Family Law Lawyers know the importance of obtaining instructions about the nature of your relationship and whether it meets the legal requirements of a defacto relationship.
In the recent case of Bava & Chaudry , the parties had a relationship of about 2 and a half years. They were not married.
The Applicant’s family law lawyers filed an application seeking property orders on the basis that she believed the parties were in a de facto relationship. The Respondent, on the other hand, argued that the parties were never in a de facto relationship, despite the relationship spanning over 2 years.
The question that the Court was required to consider was whether a de facto relationship existed at all. That is, whether having regard to all the circumstances of their relationship they had a relationship as a couple living together on a genuine domestic basis.
The Court considered the following factors put forward by the family law lawyers: