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Stepparent rights and responsibilities

Stepparent rights and responsibilities

Am I a stepparent?

S4 Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) defines a stepparent as a person who:

A de facto relationship includes same sex couples. Stepparents are legally defined as a ‘relative’ of the child and are therefore able to make an application to the Family Law Courts pursuant to the Family Law Act.

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