A defacto relationship is a couple who live together and have a committed relationship without being legally married. In Australia, the law on defacto relationships has changed over time. The law now provides for a range of financial orders to be made in respect of the property and financial resources of people who have lived together as spouses or defacto spouses for over two years. The law recognises that people in long-term relationships need to plan for their future and that it should not be left to chance whether they will be able to rely on each other financially when they are older or if one partner dies. If you were in a defacto relationship that has ended, come to us for advice on property divison, children's matters and more.