Divorce is the official ending of a marriage. The only legal requirement for getting a divorce is the ‘irretrievable breakdown’ of the marriage—proven by the two people being separated for 12 months with no likelihood of getting back together.
A de facto relationship is defined as two people, who may be of the same or opposite sex, having a relationship as a couple living together on a genuine domestic basis. However, your relationship is not a de facto relationship if you were legally married to one another or if you are related by family.
Utilities are your home amenities such as electricity, gas, water, internet, and telephone.
A mortgage is a legal agreement by a bank lending money to a party in exchange for taking the title of a property. This loan is charged interest, and once it is paid off, the title of the property is transferred from the bank to the party they were lending to.
Super is a regular payment made into a super fund by an employee towards a future pension. For most people, your employer must pay an amount equal to 9.5% of your salary into your super fund account. Your super savings can be self-managed, or controlled by the superannuation fund of your choice.
Joint assets are any possessions - material or otherwise - that are jointly owned by a couple. A couple can be in either a marriage, or a de facto relationship, and will need to legally negotiate the split of their joint assets in the case of the relationship ending.
Child support is a payment made by one or both parents to the other to help with the cost of looking after the children. In some situations, it may be paid by one or both parents to another person who is looking after the children.