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Same-sex couples recognised

New laws came into effect in South Australia on 1 June 2007. These laws give same-sex couples recognition in much the same way as opposite-sex defacto couples.

For example, gay and lesbian couples now have legal rights and duties in areas like property ownership, wills, next-of-kin, and disclosure of interest.

The law applies to same-sex couples who live together as a couple on a genuine domestic basis for 3 years or more.

If you are in a same-sex relationship and want to know more about how the new laws affect you, the Attorney-General's Department has produced a range of fact sheets, available below.

Further information
If you have any questions, contact the Legal Services Commission
Phone: 1300 366 424
TTY: 8363 3691

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