At 12/26/02 01:28 AM, mattymetro wrote:
I dont think that I would ever consider marriage...
Not in this day and age.. and not being the realistic person that I have become...
what are modern relationships?
Although i've been married 1 whole decade, my 9 y/o daughter has hardly ever seen me because we have remained seperated (not actually divorced) almost throughout. Conversely i have a sister who has been "living defacto" for just as long, and with the same partner, and they have couple of kids who have never been without solid loving parents.
but "shacking up" is really the kicker!
Although i'm living on an island as far from complex life as one can possibly get, we have new defacto laws which state; "a defacto relationship of three years is considered marriage by legislation". This legislation was inacted retrospectively on all couples already in a defacto relationship beginning 1 February 2002.
So if you've been "shacked up" for just three years but decide to separate, then the same rules will apply to defacto and same sex couples as if they were married (although gays can't yet marry legally) ..and as such all property will be divided half each.
Say you are in a defacto relationship that commenced on 1 August 1999 and you only just separated on 1 September 2002. Then although the new law is only 10 months old, when it comes to dividing ALL your properties, such couples will be deemed to have been living together for a period of three years and thus be legally subject to equal sharing of EVERYTHING!!!
The big question under the new law is: "What does living in a defacto relationship mean?" The Act says it means "living as a couple" which sets out criteria for the Court to consider when deciding whether or not people have been living in a defacto relationship - or not.
But essentially, you could be some otherwise unaware hill-billy farmer who's family has owned the same plot of land for MANY generations, but still be forced by the courts to sell "at current market value" ALL such properties in order to "pay off" your 3 year "live-in neighbour"
Can ANYONE TOP THAT?? ;O)_*