I am separating from a De Facto relationship – should I get a Separation Agreement?

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Definitely. Separation laws in Australia apply to de facto relationships. It is dangerous to simply divide your assets and go your separate ways without a legally binding agreement in place. You have the same entitlements in a de facto relationship as you would if you were in a marriage and getting a divorce.

Without a legally binding separation agreement, a party at a later date can make a legal claim under the Family Law Act. You are much better off having the peace of mind that comes with the security of a legally binding separation agreement.