De-Facto Relationship Breakdowns

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De-facto Relationships

Since 2009, separating couples who were in a De-Facto relationship have been subject to the same legislation as married couples. This means that anyone who is in a De-Facto relationship is treated exactly the same as a married couple when it comes to the division of their assets in a separation and arrangements for their children.

If you are separating from your De-Facto partner, the Family Law team at Selvaggio Lawyers can help you to negotiate a fair and equitable property settlement and finalise any parenting arrangements that may be required if there are children of the relationship.

If you would like to learn more about how Selvaggio Lawyers can help you with your De-Facto relationship breakdown, contact us today. We will be able to organise a confidential consultation with the Family Law team.

Selvaggio Lawyers were invaluable in helping me through a difficult time, after unfairly being restricted from seeing my children. I didn’t know where to start. I was dealing with lots of issues at that time and overwhelming emotions. They walked me through the process and made it easy. They answered my questions, no matter how trivial, and took time out of their day to attend to my enquiries.


We have been involved with Selvaggio Lawyers for approximately ten years, almost on a daily basis, due to the high volume of conveyancing work they carry out on our behalf. Selvaggio Lawyers' service has been second to none, with all work carried out in an highly efficient and prompt manner and our dealings with all staff have shown them to be professional and willing to 'go the extra mile' as our legal representatives.

Presida Constructions

Selvaggio Lawyers were kind and caring through a very difficult time. They provided honest and upfront advice, without the drama.


I have worked with Gillian Leahy of Selvaggio Lawyers since January 2014 on the purchase, sale and assignment of more than 15 properties. The transactions have included several complex Option Deeds and Deeds of Assignment. Gillian’s dedication, professionalism and rapid turnaround of documents have many times made the difference between winning and losing a deal. I recommend Selvaggio Lawyers highly for any property-related matters.

Brian DruryManaging Director, Westclaire Property Group