While most of us won’t have legal problems in our relationships, there are times that you could find yourself in need of some help. If you’re having sex you’ll need to know about ages, consent and contraception. If you’re pregnant you’ll need to know your options – abortion, adoption or becoming a parent.
Relationships, whether with a boyfriend or girlfriend or in your family, involve trust and both people looking after each other. Unfortunately some relationships can involve violence or abuse. It’s important to know that you don’t need to tolerate violence and what you can do about it.
You might decide to take a romantic relationship further and move in with your partner, or get a civil union or get married. These are big decisions. In each of these situations the things you own may become joint property, or you may become jointly responsible for your partner’s debts. There are also implications for adopting and for medical decisions.
So whether in a new relationship, an existing one, or moving to the next level, it’s important to know what the law is and what your rights are.
In this section:
- marriage, civil unions & de facto
- domestic violence
- relationship property