In order for a cohabitation, domestic relationship, financial, separation, or termination agreements to limit the power of a court to make orders for financial arrangements between de facto partners, the agreement must comply with the laws of contract governing the formation of agreements and be in writing.
Financial agreements may be entered into by married couples (or those contemplating marriage) and de facto couples (same sex or opposite sex) and those contemplating a de facto relationship.
Financial agreements are divided into three groups:
- financial agreements made before marriage or before the commencement of a de facto relationship;
- financial agreements made during marriage (including after separation) or during a de facto relationship; and
- financial agreements (or property settlements) made after divorce or at the end of a de facto relationship.
In family law matters, we have the skills and the experience to forensically analyse lifestyles for spousal support purposes, determine the income available for child support, and discover (or uncover) assets for equitable distribution of property.