Same Sex Couples Counselling Sydney, Central Coast and Online

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All intimate relationships have challenges and same-sex couples are no different. Some challenges such as outside prejudice may be more prevalent and yet others such as effective communication, infidelity, betrayal, hurt feelings, emotional wounds are common to all relationships which share an emotional connection.

Parenting in same-sex relationship

"Australian families are characterised by increasing diversity – including a rise in the number of same-sex couple families.

The Australian Census started collecting information on same-sex couples in 1996. According to the 2011 Census, there were 33,700 same-sex couples in Australia, a rise of 32% since 2006 (ABS, 2012). Same-sex couples accounted for 0.7% of all couple households in 2011, compared with 0.6% in 2006 and 0.3% in 1996.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS; 2016) estimated that there were 48,000 same-sex couples in June 2015, accounting for 0.9% of all couple families. ABS noted that the apparent rise might partly reflect an increasing willingness for same-sex couples to disclose their relationship. It could also be the case that same-sex partners are now more prepared to form a couple household, rather than to maintain separate homes.

Of the same-sex families in 2011:

Same-sex partners were most commonly aged 35–44 years (representing around 30% of all such partnerships) and tended to be younger than opposite-sex partners.

Of same-sex couples, 12% had children, including adult children, living with them. (In the broader population the figure is over 50%.) A significantly higher proportion of female couples than male couples had children living with them (22% and 3% respectively).

An Australian Institute of Family Studies report (Dempsey, 2013) stated that approximately 11% of gay men and 33% of lesbians in same-sex relationships have children. Higgins (2002) noted that children in same-sex parented families may have been raised from birth by a co-parenting gay or lesbian couple, raised by a single parent, or conceived in the context of previous heterosexual relationships."

Source and more information: Same-sex Couple families in Australia

Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships

The legal recognition of same-sex relationships in NSW and elsewhere in Australia has increased dramatically in the last 20 years to a point where most jurisdictions generally provide same-sex couples with the same rights and obligations as heterosexual de facto couples. However, the extent to which same-sex relationships are or should be recognized continues to elicit much debate.

The Netherlands was the first country to introduce same-sex marriage in 2001. As of 26 June 2015, same-sex marriage is available in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Spain, Canada,, Portugal, South Africa, France, Iceland, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden and Uraguay. There are also some sub-jurisdictions of Denmark, Mexico, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States that allow same-sex couples to marry.

The ABC News website provides a list of 27 countries where same-sex couples are allowed to marry. Also shown is the date on which the first same-sex marriage was performed.

Stages of healthy same-sex relationship

Source: Stages of Healthy Gay Relationship

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