NSW Registering a De-Facto Relationship Before Divorce?

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Glen Perry

17 January 2019
I am currently legally married but separated.

I have a new partner that I live with in NSW and we want to apply for a Partner Visa for her ( Visa 820 ).

We do not meet the criteria for the minimum 12 month period for a de-facto relationship, but we can have this period waived if we register our relationship which we are happy to do.

Is there any way to register our relationship whilst I am still legally married ? If not, can I de-register my marriage ( prior to divorce ) ? and will this allow me to proceed ?

Many Thanks !