Will separating from my de facto partner impact my Will?
Amendments to the Succession Act 1981 on 5 June 2017 mean that the end of a de facto relationship will be treated the same as a divorce when it comes to the effect it will have on a person’s Will.
When a couple in a de facto relationship separate, parts of the deceased’s Will may be revoked if their former partner had been left any gifts under that Will, or where they had been appointed as the executor of the deceased’s estate.
It is therefore very important to review your Will once you become separated from your de facto partner.
Step children of a de facto relationship
Another way in which a de facto relationship is now treated the same as a marriage is in relation to the treatment of step children.
A de facto step child can now make a claim on your estate after you have passed away (known as a Family Provision Application) if they can show that their parent was in a relationship with (or married to) the deceased step parent at the time of either parent’s death.
If the parties were separated at the time of one parent’s death, the step children will not be eligible to make a Family Provision Application.