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    Default Legal Matter - Relationship Property What is it?

    Hello
    Just a simple question
    I've looked at a whole lot of govt and legal websites.
    But its very hard to get a simple answer to my question.

    If a person owns a house freehold, and is single. Then they get a partner is the house then "relationship property"?
    From what I read this seems to be the case.
    To me it does not seem very fair.
    So what colour is your Adkaf?
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    Default Re: Legal Matter - Relationship Property What is it?

    You need a lawyer to sort that out as different couples can be just that different. Generaly once a relationship is considered a stable one after a reasonable period it is a 50/50 split of all property.

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    Default Re: Legal Matter - Relationship Property What is it?

    Don't know if it still holds true but it used to be that a relationship was considered to be permanent after 3 years co-habitating.

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    Default Re: Legal Matter - Relationship Property What is it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Digby View Post
    To me it does not seem very fair.
    It's not. You get a Contracting Out Agreement. I have one. This means you agree to 'contract out' of the Relationship Prop Act and neither party can use it in a split.

    The COA spells out what belongs to whom at the start of the relationship. Courts also stick to them.
    Last edited by allblack; 09-10-2019 at 04:48 PM.

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    Default Re: Legal Matter - Relationship Property What is it?

    Doesn't it come into effect after 3 years together married or living together?.

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    Default Re: Legal Matter - Relationship Property What is it?

    It is fair in the long run. In the short term quite debatable. The lawyer thing needs to be done up front or it mostly will be avoided.
    If you do it can I suggest an incremental share for the other person over time because it isn't fair to have nothing

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    Default Re: Legal Matter - Relationship Property What is it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Digby View Post

    If a person owns a house freehold, and is single. Then they get a partner is the house then "relationship property"?
    Freehold means it is not leasehold. You mean mortgage free I would say.

    And yes, after 3 years with that person.
    Ex-pctek

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    Default Re: Legal Matter - Relationship Property What is it?

    Thanks for all the advice.
    I was asking for myself, and on behalf of a few Philipina women that my g/f knows.
    Quite a few of them have had their partners or husbands die and then they seemed to have ended up with nothing.
    The men's children seemed to end up with everything.
    I don't think that is fair either.
    So what colour is your Adkaf?
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    Default Re: Legal Matter - Relationship Property What is it?

    Digby two points. Make a will so your intentions are clear. Those Phillapina women your g/f knows should be advised to seek legal help, so long as they are in a recognised relationship they have the same rights as anyone else.

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    Default Re: Legal Matter - Relationship Property What is it?

    That's a different subject entirely. Due to wimpy politicians the law allows any descendant to challenge a will.
    The estate of the deceased has to pay the legal fees of the challenger regardless of the result.
    Quite often a step-parent often old an unable to work loses out to greedy step children all wanting a share of the booty regardless of what the will says

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