We have been living together, are we in a Defacto Relationship?
In Queensland, up until 1 March 2009, as a general rule you needed to have been living together in a relationship of trust and intimacy for at least 2 years before a Court will deem your relationship a Defacto Relationship for the purposes of the Property Law Act (Qld).
From 1 March 2009 the law for Defacto Couples changed significantly and now it is possible that you may be living in a defacto relationship if-
1. The total period of the relationship is at least 2 years (which can be made up of multiple periods); or
2. There is a child of the relationship; or
3. There has been substantial contribution made by one of the parties and a failure to make an order/ declaration would be unjust.
If you are unsure whether your relationship would be deemed a 'defacto relationship' you should seek specific advice from a Solicitor.
We already have an agreement, we don't need to see lawyers, do we?
Any agreement you reach with your partner should be formalised. If an agreement is not made formal it may not be able to be enforced at a later stage and therefore may be useless.
There are different types of agreements that can be drafted and you should seek Legal Advice to ensure that you have the correct agreement prepared for your circumstances.