De Facto & Same Sex Family Law Central Coast

At Bilson Law, no matter what the shape, type, size or form of the family, we are here to assist in the resolution of your matter.

For De Facto & Same Sex Family Law on the Central Coast, look no further than Bilson Law

We support clients who are LGBTIQ including but not limited to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Questioning and other gender non-conforming identities. At Bilson Law, we understand that LGBTIQ+ people can face a high level of discrimination in their day-to-day life. We aim to have a law firm that is a safe and inclusive space for all.

At Bilson Law, we believe that inclusive spaces maximise the well-being of everybody, including children, young people and families.

To understand our process, please review the following:


The law defines a de facto relationship as follows:

Family Law Act section 4AA:

(1)  A person is in a de facto relationship with another person if:

                     (a)  the persons are not legally married to each other; and

                     (b)  the persons are not related by family (see subsection (6)); and

                     (c)  having regard to all the circumstances of their relationship, they have a relationship as a couple living together on a genuine domestic basis.

Paragraph (c) has effect subject to subsection (5).

Working out if persons have a relationship as a couple

             (2)  Those circumstances may include any or all of the following:

                     (a)  the duration of the relationship;

                     (b)  the nature and extent of their common residence;

                     (c)  whether a sexual relationship exists;

                     (d)  the degree of financial dependence or interdependence, and any arrangements for financial support, between them;

                     (e)  the ownership, use and acquisition of their property;

                      (f)  the degree of mutual commitment to a shared life;

                     (g)  whether the relationship is or was registered under a prescribed law of a State or Territory as a prescribed kind of relationship;

                     (h)  the care and support of children;

                      (i)  the reputation and public aspects of the relationship.

             (3)  No particular finding in relation to any circumstance is to be regarded as necessary in deciding whether the persons have a de facto relationship.

             (4)  A court determining whether a de facto relationship exists is entitled to have regard to such matters, and to attach such weight to any matter, as may seem appropriate to the court in the circumstances of the case.

             (5)  For the purposes of this Act:

                     (a)  a de facto relationship can exist between 2 persons of different sexes and between 2 persons of the same sex; and

                     (b)  a de facto relationship can exist even if one of the persons is legally married to someone else or in another de facto relationship.

We apply the same process for de facto and same-sex separating couples as we do for married and different-sex relationships. We apply the uttermost confidentiality when working on all matters. If there is any aspect of your matter that you feel is particularly personal or private please let us know, your confidence is our priority.

Beyond Blue:

Lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) people are more likely than others to experience discrimination from health or community service providers. 

To help minimise the risk of this, here is a list of organisations that can recommend services that are inclusive and respectful of LGBTI people.

LGBTIQ+ Support


1800 184 527 3:00pm-10:30pm

QLife is Australia’s first nationally-oriented counselling and referral service for LGBTIQ+ people. The service provides nation-wide, early intervention, peer-supported telephone and web-based support to diverse people of all ages experiencing poor mental health, psychological distress, social isolation, discrimination, experiences of being misgendered and/or other risk factors that impact on their health and wellbeing.

QLife counselling services is available 7 days a week, 365 days a year between the hours of 3pm-12am Australia-wide. Phone counselling and webchat services are provided by volunteers engaged in their home-state centres, with national support provided by a team of professionals. Mental health and referral information is available via the web 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

QLife Community Resource Directory

The QLife Community Resource Directory links people with LGBTIQ+ inclusive and targeted services, including for youth, Transgender and gender diverse people, HIV information and support, drug and alcohol issues, and LGBTIQ+ First Nations Peoples.


Various headspace centres in Australia run LGBTIQ+ youth support groups and activities. The eheadspace online and telephone service can provide further information and support.


ReachOut helps under 25s with everyday questions through to tough times. Visit their website for information and advice on identity, gender and sexuality.

Beyond Blue Support Service

Learn more about anxiety, depression and suicide prevention, or talk through your concerns with the Beyond Blue Support Service. Trained mental health professionals will listen, provide information and advice, and point you in the right direction so you can seek further support.

You can also join Beyond Blue’s online forums to share your story and hear from others.

National helplines and websites

Beyond Blue has also compiled a list of a range of national services and websites including information on mental health, men’s information, services for First Nations Peoples and support after suicide.

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