Relationships & Marriage

Getting married, or starting to live together is an important and exciting time of life for a couple.

In order to eliminate uncertainty and potential litigation if the relationship later breaks down, ATW can draft Financial Agreements prior to or during a marriage or de facto relationship which set out what will happen upon a separation.

Different Types of Relationships

Marriage

Prior to getting married you and your partner might want to consider entering into a Financial Agreement (also known as PreNup) which sets out how, in the event of the breakdown of the relationship, your assets and liabilities will be divided.

Having a PreNup takes away the fears and uncertainties of claims being made against each other into the future and is particularly beneficial for couples who

In some circumstances, such PreNups are also beneficial to young couples embarking on their first relationship or marriage.

If you are considering entering into a PreNup, you need to allow plenty of time to negotiate and agree upon the terms of the Financial Agreement, well before the date of the marriage.

Financial Agreements can also be entered into during the marriage, or after separation.

Defacto Relationships

Under the Family Law Act, a person is in a de facto relationship with another person if:-

Are you in a de facto relationship or just dating?

Some of the factors that are taken into account when a Court has to determine whether a couple were in a de facto relationship include:
Generally, a former partner cannot make a claim against the other following separation unless:-

Prior to starting to live together, or during the relationship, you and your partner might want to consider entering into a Financial Agreement which sets out how, in the event of the breakdown of the relationship, your assets and liabilities will be divided.

Having a Financial Agreement takes away the fears and uncertainties of claims being made against each other into the future and is particularly beneficial for couples who

In some circumstances, such Financial Agreements are also beneficial to young couples embarking on their first relationship.

ATW Family Law has extensive experience in acting for de facto couples in drafting Financial Agreements, negotiating financial settlements following separation and litigating property entitlements through the Courts.

Same Sex Relationships

Same sex relationships are recognised under the de facto and marriage provisions of the Family Law Act and accordingly financial settlements are determined under the same principles as other couples.

Similarly, disputes regarding the children of same sex couples are determined under the same principles as other couples under the Family Law Act.

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