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Your rights as a couple

Couples who are married, in a civil partnership (formerly called a registered relationship) or living together (in a de facto relationship) have certain rights.

To find out what you need to know on the practical and legal issues surrounding getting married,  registering your relationship as a civil partnership and living together, talk to a family lawyer.

Marriage

We can help you with information about:

You may also refer to the Happily Ever Before and After (PDF, 163KB) pamphlet you are given before your wedding.

Civil partnership

We can also help you with information about:

You may also refer to the legal effects of entering a civil partnership.

Living together—de facto relationships

To find out what you need to know about living together (in a de facto relationship):

Same-sex marriage

The federal government has asked Australia whether 2 people should be allowed to marry regardless of their sex.

We will keep you updated about any changes following the ‘yes’ result.

Last updated
16 November 2017
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