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Significant Relationships

You can register a significant relationship if:

  • the relationship is between two adults who have a relationship as a couple
  • you are not married
  • you are not related by family
  • both parties live in Tasmania.

How do I prove that I am in a significant relationship?

This can be done in a number of ways.

  • A certificate issued by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages is proof of the significant relationship.
  • If the relationship is not registered the Relationships Act provides a number of factors which can, where relevant, be used to prove the existence of a significant relationship:

(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.