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De Facto relationship - Earning Power - Joint Tenant - No Children

My brother and his fiance have just split up after 5 years of living together.They bought a house, with a mortgage, under joint tenancy. My brother contributed over $100,000 and she contributed around $15,000 towards the mortgage originally. I don't believe that a co-ownership agreement was signed, if it was it wasn't a very good/detailed one. They had no children.

She has already got a lawyer and he will get one too soon. Just on here for some general guidance at this time to better understand the situation. I have been reading for hours and there are just a few things I would like to be made clearer. I know the first question may sound like a silly question but there are plenty of silly laws out there too, so bear with me.

Now I have read that in joint tenancy each co-owner owns 50% of the asset. Does this mean that the total $115,000 original contribution is split between them 50/50? Or does it follow the general flow that I have been reading about for the past few hours. That you basically keep the property you bring into the De Facto relationship unless you have been together for a really long time, in which case when you break up you keep less and less a percentage of it. Its just I became worried about this when I read that if someone completely owns 100% of a house and makes someone a joint tenant then that person was effectively gifted 50% of the house despite not contributing anything, so I'm obviously a little confused about joint tenancy in regards to who owns what while paying off a mortgage.

Also, they bought the house while she worked permanent full time, earning $30 to $44 thousand annually, and my brother was a first year apprentice. Despite this his earning power as an apprentice he still contributed more to each of the mortgage, bills, house improvements and household chores than she did over the years. But one thing worries me and that is earning power. She is a permanent full-time worker and I should probably mention that she tried for tertiary studies this year, but wasn't accepted, luckily. Last offer round was 3rd February, same day she left him I believe. I assume she was trying to make her earning power really low by attending university full-time. At the same time my brother only finished his apprenticeship a few months ago and his earning power is around $70,000 to $75,000 annually, not including weekends or overtime pay, but he is a casual. Also the government rebates for the product he installs has just been canceled so there were layoffs recently and at the moment he is taking a week off work as his sick and distraught.

So the question is, how much weight would the family law court put on earning power since he only just finished his apprenticeship a few months ago, while she was earning considerably more for years? 

The fact that she left him an hour or hours after not being accepted by the final uni round offers. Would that be seen as methodical, in a bad way, by the family law court?  Since its my understanding that if she could prove that she did housework an uni full-time with no earning power for years that she would of got something close to 60/40 of the property or 55/45

It was also always a mystery where her money went too, because she rarely paid a bill, and although she bought expensive things for herself and her pets it still was never clear what she spent most of her money on. Would this classify as wasting assets? although its likely that that may be too hard to prove.


Thanks for reading.
1. Determine the asset pool
2. contributions,financial - initial as well as during the relationship and after separation - work out as a percentage
 nonfinancial - work this out as a percentage
superannuation

then there is 75(2) factors
eg. ages, working or not, future needs
just and equitable
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