Starting a romantic relationship is an exciting time. The choice to take it a step further and commit to a long-term arrangement, either in a de facto relationship or in marriage, should be the decision of the couple. But, until recently, marriage wasn’t an option for same-sex couples in Australia. Thus, the debate for marriage equality: giving same-sex couples legitimate choice about how they arrange their relationships. Marriage equality is a hugely positive step forward, not only from a … [Read more...] about De facto Vs Marriage: Is One Better Than The Other?
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Marriage preparation or beginning a new defacto relationship can be a wonderful and exciting time, with much to plan and prepare. But there are important things to consider. There are bound to be new financial responsibilities and obligations, particularly if you are bringing substantial assets into the relationship or have responsibilities for children of prior relationships. If you don’t think about these issues, they may come back to haunt you. Four things to consider before you take the … [Read more...] about Marriage Preparation: Before You Take The Big Step
Sadly, about one third of current marriages in Australia are likely to end in separation or divorce. Couples in de facto relationships fare even worse; the evidence shows that the separation rate is significantly higher for de facto relationships than for marriages. But most people are willing to give it another go. The great majority whose first marriage or relationship ends, are likely to remarry or re-partner not too long afterwards. The question then arises; do such relationships fare … [Read more...] about Family Law – Getting it right the second time
When are two people considered a couple? When they’re married or living together? Or when they’re dating and serious about each other? Can the partners to an “affair” also constitute a couple? For many of us, the question of what makes a couple is of little concern. It’s only when the relationship ends, and Family Law determines who gets what that the definition of a couple becomes intrinsically important. In the eyes of Australian Family Law, defining a couple decides the financial … [Read more...] about Family Law: The Price of an Extramarital Affair?