Couples in same sex relationships are entitled to the same protections as heterosexual couples and their families under Australian Law and are recognised in the same way de facto relationships are. Furthermore, it is unlawful to discriminate against same sex couples and their families. This extends to areas such as family assistance, child support, family law, superannuation, aged care, social security, medicare safety net and veterans entitlements.
Practically what this means is same sex couples ending their relationship are entitled to pursue property and financial settlements in the same way a married couple would, relying on the same laws and system. Children’s matters are also dealt with under the same system.
If you are in a same sex de-facto relationship and you need to better understand your rights and responsibilities following a separation then book a time to speak with one of our family law experts.