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NSW Girlfriend and Wife Under Same Roof - Legal Under Family Law?

Discussion in 'Family Law Forum' started by Myname2222, 28 June 2016.

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  1. Myname2222

    Myname2222 Member

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    Is it legal under family law for a man to have a wife and girlfriend living in the same home together? And can a man have children with both women?
     
  2. Sophea

    Sophea Well-Known Member

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    Hi Myname2222,

    Legal, yes, but wise? :confused:

    This is a moral issue, not a legal one. The law would prevent you from marrying both women at the same time if that was your intention.
     
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  3. Louise4007

    Louise4007 Well-Known Member

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    Hi Myname2222

    I agree with Sophea...

    In Australia, a man's female live-in partner can be married or de facto (unmarried to him).

    The 1961 Australian Marriage Act does not recognize polygamous unions (several wives, or de facto partners treated as wives for legal purposes).

    Re your question, a man's wife would be considered the predominant partner due to formal & legally recognized marriage laws in Australia that allow only 1 wife. The live-in girlfriend would be considered similarly to a live-in tenant, or someone simply residing in the same house. Both women could legally have the man's children & their biological father would be responsible for child maintenance / support arrangements for all children in accordance with Australian laws.
     
  4. Myname2222

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    Thank you for your replies.
     
  5. fbueller

    fbueller Well-Known Member

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    Are you separating from your wife with an intention to get divorced?
     
  6. okanynameyouwishthen

    okanynameyouwishthen Well-Known Member

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    "Is it legal "...is it leg and...?
     
  7. Myname2222

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    No intention to separate from wife.
     
  8. fbueller

    fbueller Well-Known Member

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    Hi @Myname2222 if you had children with both there would be things you need to think about.

    I'd seek out some ongoing support if I were you and solid advice
     
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