I have been in a de facto relationship with my partner for over 9 years. I moved to WA in 2004 with all I had at the time. I was granted a work visa in 2007, a Spouse visa in 2008 and have been a Permanent Resident since Sept. 2009. I am about to apply for citizenship. I work as a casual retail shop assistant. I pay my own bills, buy my own food and necessities for the most part, do my best to contribute to the household (bills, misc things) when I can. I live with my partner in his house, pay no rent/make no mortgage payments on his house (therefore am not listed on his house, he had house before I came here). I do work around the house, cook, clean, garden, etc,. He works at the same job he has had for over 20 years and makes probably 4 times what I do annually. Our relationship is breaking down, there is no physical violence, but more emotional/mental control/verbal abuse, many times very nasty (sometimes fueled on his part, by alcohol). I am concerned about rights I may have regarding separating and any financial help I might receive. He tells me I am entitled to absolutely nothing, even though I came halfway across the world to be here with him in 2004. I cannot leave without anything and believe he would have to help me, but I need to know what my rights and options are before I say or do anything. Can you help me with some general family law information at least?