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In law and government, de facto ( day FAK-toh, dee -⁠; Latin: dē factō pronounced [deː ˈfaktoː], "in fact") describes practices that exist in reality, even though they are not officially recognized by laws. It is commonly used to refer to what happens in practice, in contrast with de jure ("by law"), which refers to things that happen according to law.

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    WA De facto relationship

    If I'm in a defacto relationship ,and my partner initiates a family court settlement case for her previous marriage, and she loses the case, but she is broke and cannot afford to pay the other sides costs. Can I be liable to have to pay them?
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    NSW De Facto seperation. I am bread winner AND primary carer to child

    Looking for advice. I am in a de facto relationship with a New Zealand citizen who is not a resident or citizen of Australia but of course has full work rights for Australia. I bought an apartment BEFORE i met my partner with my parents as guarantor. I rented out my apartment to start with...
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    NSW Ex Driving Car That is Under My Name?

    Hi, I split with my ex-partner and she is driving a car I brought, which I allowed her to drive while we were together. She was making repayments on the car while together but once we broke up, she stopped so I had to keep paying it. The car is registered in my name and the car finance is in...
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    QLD Time Limit to Property Settlement After Separation?

    Hi, hoping you can give me some info on my situation. I have been separated for about 2 1/2 years but have never had a formal agreement. We both just left with what was ours. My ex's situation has changed recently and I am now worried that he might come back and try to make a claim on my house...
  5. HazelSmith

    QLD Applying for Partner Visa for a Third Time?

    My friend who is 59 years old begins a long distance online relationship with a 28 years old lady boy from the Philippines. They met in person once and his trans g/f stayed for a month with him on a visitor visa. On his records, he already sponsored his first wife from Fiji in 1994 and his...
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    WA De facto relationship and property settlement

    hi, I am in a de facto relationship with my partner. We have been together for 5 years. First 2 years long distance relationship . No financial commitment... The third year , we lived together in temporary share house accommodations. Fourth and fifth years , We have registered our...
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    VIC De Facto - Ex is Trying to Register New Relationship?

    My ex-fiancé and I were in a de facto relationship and still are, according to our Centrelink details. Our breakup was very recent and we haven’t finished sorting out how to separate our property and we are still on a lease together at the moment. We separated due to his affair with his very...
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    QLD Pet Acquired During 10-month Relationship - Legal Aid Assistance?

    My problem is about a dispute over the ownership of a pet dog who was acquired within the relationship. I've been advised that it doesn't come under family law as a de facto relationship doesn't apply. However, the information I have been given so far has been contradictory. I'm seeking...
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    NSW Unfair Family Law Proceedings - Options?

    Please, can anyone help me how to survive from the unfair situations in the extra long time and endless proceedings? The unfair is: I did refinance and put huge amount of the refinanced money into a house which is currently under her name. That means I have to pay extra home load however she...
  10. Adam Mertz (Mertsee)

    SA Lying a About De Facto Relationship - Help?

    Basically can a family member lose their house through another's false allegations that they were in a gay relationship with my family member and living in the house with my family member for over six months until my family member locked them out of the house? After changing the locks, none of...