Section 90SB of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) (the Act) sets out when a court can make an order or declaration in relation to a de facto relationship if it is satisfied:
· the total period of the de facto relationship is at least two years; or
· there is a child of the de facto relationship; or
· that one party has made a substantial contribution to the de facto relationship and a failure to make the order or declaration would result in a serious injustice; or
· the relationship is or was registered under a prescribed State or Territory law.
Additionally, s 90SK of the Act sets out the geographical requirements to be met in order for a declaration or an order to be made, and the court must be satisfied: