Communtity Law Manual | Gender & sexuality | Marriage, civil unions and de facto relationships: Same-sex couples

Sexual orientation: Rights of non-heterosexual people

Marriage, civil unions and de facto relationships: Same-sex couples

Starting a relationship

Same-sex couples can marry or enter a civil union or de facto relationship just the same as different-sex couples.

The law covering separation and dissolution (divorce) for married and civil union couples apply equally to same-sex and different-sex couples.

For more information, see the chapter: “Relationships and break ups / Marriages, civil unions and de facto relationships”.

Separating and splitting up your property

When a relationship breaks up, the laws that deal with how money and possessions are divided up apply equally to same-sex couples and different-sex couples, that is, to couples of all genders and sexual orientations.

For more information, see the chapter: “Relationships and break ups / Dividing your property when you split up (‘Relationship property').

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