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Marriage or mortgage, Aussie couples have their say

in Family Law by Heather McKinnon on

If you liked it then you should have put a ring on it, right? Or maybe a mortgage was a bigger commitment for you?

Some couples choose to get married while others chose to stay in de facto relationships. Some people think that opening a joint bank account is a big deal, and it can be.

In fact, we asked 1500 Aussies about their views on relationships and 67% of respondents told us that marriage was the biggest commitment a couple could make.

This was more than double the number who said buying a property together or moving in together was more significant (28%).

What this tells us is that commitment means different things to different couples, even though the law does not discriminate.

Since 2009, de facto couples have had the same rights and obligations as married couples in Australia – the law treats couples equally regardless of whether they chose to get married or live together.

Now, de facto couples have the same financial responsibilities as married couples. Disputes over children or property are also treated in the same way as for married couples. Likewise, same-sex de facto couples are entitles to the same benefits and subject to the same obligations as opposite-sex couples.

I have met and represented hundreds of couples over the years – married, de facto and same sex – each of them unique and special in their own way.

Some people live together first, others decide not to marry at all, some buy property before getting married and others wait until after marriage to open a joint bank account.

There is no right or wrong when it comes to getting married, buying property or moving in together. At the end of the day, only a couple can decide what is best for them.

For more information, visit our Family Law services.

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