De facto relationships – understanding the definition

A court decision recently found that a “friends with benefits” type relationship, does not satisfy a definition of a genuine domestic relationship. The decision of Regan and Walsh discussed a number of factors that needed consideration under the Family Law Act 1975 (section 4AA).  It was discussed that despite a number of common factors prima facie, the relationship failed to satisfy requirements that warrant recognition as a de facto relationship. The case demonstrates the need for exclusivity, financial interdependence, ownership and acquisition of properties. You can read more on this article here.

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