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De facto property regime

The de facto property regime brings property and spousal maintenance matters for separating de facto couples within the federal family law regime under the Family Law Act 1975.

It applies to couples in all Australian states and territories except Western Australia (apart from superannuation splitting for de facto couples in Western Australia, which is dealt with under Part VIIIC of the Family Law Act 1975).

This means that separating de facto couples in most states and territories can access the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia for property and spousal maintenance matters.

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For more information about making an application for a court order under the de facto property regime visit the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia website or call 1300 352 000.

For couples in Western Australia, property and spousal maintenance matters, including superannuation splitting, fall within the jurisdiction of the Family Court of Western Australia. 

Find out more about the family law system in Western Australia on the Family Court of Western Australia website.

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