This can be done in a number of ways.
|(a)||the duration of a relationship;|
|(b)||the nature and extent of common residence;|
|(c)||whether or not a sexual relationship exists;|
|(d)||the degree of financial dependence or interdependence, and any arrangements for financial support, between the parties;|
|(e)||the joint ownership, use and acquisition of property;|
|(f)||the degree of mutual commitment to a shared life;|
|(g)||the care and support of children;|
|(h)||the performance of household duties; and|
|(i)||the reputation and public aspects of the relationship.|
It is not necessary to satisfy all of the above criteria to establish that a relationship is a significant relationship.
The court and other bodies who may need to be satisfied that a significant relationship exists between the parties will apply the relevant criteria on a case by case basis.
The courts (and other bodies) are not restricted to these factors in determining the existence of a relationship for the purposes of the Relationships Act.
The Relationships Act provides the Supreme Court with the power to conclusively determine whether or not a significant relationship exists or existed, regardless of whether either or both of the partners are deceased.