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INTERPRETATION ACT 1984 - SECT 13A

13A .         De facto relationship and de facto partner, references to

        (1)         A reference in a written law to a de facto relationship shall be construed as a reference to a relationship (other than a legal marriage) between 2 persons who live together in a marriage-like relationship.

        (2)         The following factors are indicators of whether or not a de facto relationship exists between 2 persons, but are not essential —

            (a)         the length of the relationship between them;

            (b)         whether the 2 persons have resided together;

            (c)         the nature and extent of common residence;

            (d)         whether there is, or has been, a sexual relationship between them;

            (e)         the degree of financial dependence or interdependence, and any arrangements for financial support, between them;

            (f)         the ownership, use and acquisition of their property (including property they own individually);

            (g)         the degree of mutual commitment by them to a shared life;

            (h)         whether they care for and support children;

                  (i)         the reputation, and public aspects, of the relationship between them.

        (3)         It does not matter whether —

            (a)         the persons are different sexes or the same sex; or

            (b)         either of the persons is legally married to someone else or in another de facto relationship.

        (4)         A reference in a written law to a de facto partner shall be construed as a reference to a person who lives, or where the context requires, has lived, in a de facto relationship.

        (5)         The de facto partner of a person (the first person ) is the person who lives, or lived, in the de facto relationship with the first person.

        [Section 13A inserted: No. 3 of 2002 s. 85.]



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