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Equality in relationship recognition confirmed by Newman Government – By Abbi Golightly – QLS Accredited Family Law Specialist

After commencing in March 2012 to much fanfare (arguably rightfully so), there was outcry when the newly elected Newman Government indicated their intention to review the Civil Partnerships Act 2011 (QLD).

The Civil Partnerships Act 2011 (QLD) brought about long sought legal recognition of the equality of same sex relationships by enabling couples to register and / or seek a declaration as to the existence of the union.  Just as with heterosexual relationships, same sex couples have to comply with formalities of giving notice of their intention to enter into civil partnership and upon entering into their union, have same registered with the registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Again as with a marriage, at the conclusion of a civil partnership, one or both of the partners can apply to the District Court of Queensland for an Order terminating their union thereby ending their legal relationship.

Given that same sex couples can seek Orders under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) dividing up their jointly acquired property and superannuation accumulated by one or both of them during their relationship, the Newman Government’s confirmation that legally recognised same sex relationships are here to stay in Queensland is a very welcome announcement.

Should you require any assistance in relation to taking steps to register your civil partnership, protecting your assets or pursuing your entitlements upon the conclusion of a civil partnership, please contact us on 1800 621 071 or email for further advice.

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