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Dividing up relationship property

If you are married, in a civil union partnership or in a de facto relationship, and your relationship ends by separation or because one of you dies, you will be affected by the Property (Relationships) Act.

This guide covers:

  • The Property (Relationships) Act
  • Who does the Property (Relationships) Act apply to?
  • What constitutes a de facto relationship?
  • What about people who are flatting together?
  • When does the Property (Relationships) Act apply?
  • What are the rules for relationships of short duration?
  • What is property?
  • What is relationship property?
  • What is separate property?
  • When does separate property become relationship property?
  • What about overseas property?
  • What about debts?
  • How will property be divided when a relationship ends?
  • What if property is put into a trust or company?
  • What does “contribution” mean?
  • What if one partner will be left worse off than the other?
  • What does “division of functions” mean?
  • Who is a “child of the relationship”?
  • Contracting out
  • What if we already have a property agreement?
  • What if there is more than one partner?
  • What happens if a partner dies?
  • Which court handles Property (Relationships) Act matters?




Last updated on the 1st December 2018