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Relationships and break-ups

Laws about getting together, splitting up and dividing your property

What this chapter covers

This chapter provides information about:

  • the different types of legally recognised relationships – marriages, civil unions and de facto relationships – and how they begin
  • separation agreements and separation orders
  • dissolution (divorce) of marriages and civil unions
  • how a couple’s property is divided when their relationship ends
  • when one ex-partner may have to pay maintenance (financial support) to the other.
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