WA De facto relationship and property settlement

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29 May 2019
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hi,

I am in a de facto relationship with my partner.

We have been together for 5 years.

First 2 years long distance relationship . No financial commitment...
The third year , we lived together in temporary share house accommodations.

Fourth and fifth years , We have registered our relationship in Queensland and moved to Perth.

We have registered our relationship 2 years ago and we have been living together for 2 years .

My partner bought a property one year ago under his name.

I would like to know what my rights are when we break up? We have no kids..

Many thanks in advance
 

Atticus

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My partner bought a property one year ago under his name.

I would like to know what my rights are when we break up? We have no kids..
Rights and entitlements are two different things... If you break up, you have the right to file for a property settlement if you can't agree on how to divide assets..

What each party may be entitled to depends very much on circumstances, who made what initial financial contribution, whether or not there are non financial contributions by either party that may warrant consideration, current and future needs etc etc..

Best take all the facts and figures along to a family law solicitor for opinion
 

sammy01

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have a read
De facto Relationships - Family Court of Australia
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Property and finances after separation - Family Court of Australia

The duration of the relationship matters. 2 yr de facto.... I reckon that means you're not looking at very much at all. So in my 7 yr marriage the fact that the ex had an inheritance prior to meeting me meant that she got more of the asset pie. That would have not been the case if the relationship lasted 15 or 20 yrs.

Short version. I don't think it is worth spending money on solicitors. You'll spend more on solicitors than you'll get in a property settlement. UNLESS the partner has a huge income and the house they bought was worth a few million $$
 

Atticus

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Best take all the facts and figures along to a family law solicitor for opinion
I agree with Sammy01 that's it unlikely to be worth spending money on solicitors, BUT.. many solicitors offer a free 15- 30 minute initial consult... As long as you have all the relevant facts and figures with you, you will get an opinion on what your likely entitlement may be and can decide from there