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What are the legal differences between marriage and a de facto relationship?

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Good Morning

With a marriage the only evidence you need to provide is a marriage certificate. That is proof that you are married.

With a defacto the proof required is much greater.

The family law act section 4AA sets out what the law applies

Here is a link that explains why it is not a simple thing to prove defacto.

http://familylaw.diamondconway.com.au/proving-a-de-facto-relationship-in-the-family-courts/

Where if you have a marriage certificate there is no argument. You are married.

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