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Cohabiting but uncommitted. What the law says.

by Peter Magee on February 14, 2012

Peter Magee In The Australian, demographer, Bernard Salt, provides an overview of various types of “tribes” in Australia in his article called “Taking The Emerging Tribes From The Bush To The Big Smoke” dated 13 October 2011.

In particular, Salt describes the “clump” which “describes usually young couples (can be gay or straight; my terms do Read more

Marriage vs. de facto. Does it matter?

by Kate Marr on December 20, 2011

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It was reported that Charlie Sheen once said about marriage “with a piece of paper……things [get] worse……. because those relationships, I want to say they were pretty good before the marriage and then something happens”.  Whilst not many people are likely to give much weight to relationship advice from Charlie Sheen, this notion is not unfamiliar to me. … Read more

You can be de factos without living together

by Peter Magee on July 26, 2011

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On 19 April 2011, An article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald titled “One Love Two Hearts : Let’s Not Get Together and We’ll Feel Alright” by Michelle Griffin

The article discussed how a significant number of people are in what the law would see as a de facto relationship, without being aware of this.

The article says “… Read more

Same sex marriage and family law

by Peter Magee on July 12, 2011

Peter MageeRecently, the issue of same sex marriage has received increased publicity.  A large rally took place in Sydney for equal marriage rights on Saturday 21 May.  In support of the rally “Australian Marriage Equality”, a body that supports equal marriage rights, published a fairly extensive brochure on the topic.

The brochure states that there is increased support for gay and … Read more

Is a mistress a de facto?

by Peter Magee on June 21, 2011

Peter MageeWhen the Federal Government amended the Family Law Act in 2009 to extend it to cover de facto as well as married couples, there was widespread media concern that this would mean mistresses would be entitled to claim half of a man’s assets.  Two years later, the Family Court has handed down a decision giving some limited guidance regarding whether … Read more

Broken homes can disadvantage kids for life

by Peter Magee on January 21, 2011

The Australian Bureau of Statistics as part of its social trend series has published the results of its survey report on parental divorce or death during childhood.  It says “There are concerns that difficulties associated with family breakdown or the loss of a parent and the ensuing challenges of living in a sole parent family could lead to lower levels Read more

In an opinion piece published in yesterday’s Sydney Morning Herald entitled “Shacking up is hard to do: Why Gillard may be leery of the lodge”, Bettina Arndt questions the appropriateness of Prime Minister Julia Gillard taking up residence in the Lodge with her de facto partner of four years, Tim Mathieson. Arndt labels such relationships as “unstable”, “risky” and “dubious … Read more