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The four steps to determine a property application

How the courts divide your money, assets and home

The approach taken in a s.79 application, is the so called four step process. The four steps are:

Identify and value the net property of the parties(Asset Pool), and following.

Property includes assets such as cars, boats, shares, business, savings, super,family home, investment property, paintings, coin collection, furniture and bank savings.

Consider the contributions of the parties within paras (a) to (c ) of s.79(4) and following.

The court now considers direct and indirect  financial contributions to the property. It also considers contributions made to the welfare of the family, such as a home maker or parent. For example if your partner looked after the children while you built up a business, your partner would receive a share of the business, as they enabled you to work, while they looked after the children. Even if there are no children involved and your partner looked after the house as a home maker, they would receive a share of the said business.

Consider the s.75(2) factors s.79(4) (d) to (g) and following.

After taking in account the contributions of both parties, the court will apply scetion 79(4) (d) to (g) of the Act. This covers the effect of any orders made on future earning capacity of either party. Child support payments, now or in the future. Section 75 (2) matters are taken in to account.

Consider wherever the order proposed is just and equitable (s.79(2)

Spousal maintenance S.72 is considered to be the fifth step in this process. It is not pleasant; it is draconian.

See postings about s.79, s.72 and s.75.

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I cannot understand how spousal maintenance is still on the books.

People do not marry or defacto so they can support someone for the rest of their lives - even after they have run off with the milkman and taken all their children and assets in court.

I thought women's groups would have tried to get this removed years ago - it's denigrating to women to think they cannot support themselves after a marriage breakdown.

 Maybe I am not explaining myself well enough
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High Court quote


In a recent Full Court judgement the following excerpt is interesting:

"We are conscious however, of the observation of the High Court in Neil v Nott (1994) 121 ALR 148; (1994) 68 ALJR 509 where their Honours said at ALR 150; ALJR 510:

"A frequent consequence of self representation is that the court must assume the burden of endeavouring to ascertain the rights of parties which are obfuscated by their own advocacy."

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What is done for you, let it be done, what you must do, be sure you do it, as the wise person does today that what the fool will do in three days - Buddha
At the hearing of the appeal the husband, who had already filed one written "summary of argument handed up a document headed "The Appellant's Submissions of Appeal". It runs into 32 pages plus annexures and asserts, in a rambling way, a series of areas where the trial judge made errors

We think the most disciplined way to attack this appeal is to make our own analysis of the judgment and identify areas where it could properly be argued that the trial judge fell into error."

Methinks this unfortunate SRL was "aided" by the Hogan person.

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