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Deborah Awyzio
Deborah Awyzio, Solicitor
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Experience:  Bachelor of Laws (QUT), BIT (QUT), Family Law Accredited Specialist, over 12 years experience
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This issue regards ***** ***** My partner has derived her

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This issue regards ***** *****
My partner has derived her income from being a sole trader for many years.
Unfortunately due to market forces her income has been diminishing over the last 2 years as has her health. Establishing a weekly or monthly net income is difficult since the profit margins on the stock can vary greatly. As an example, this last month's turnover was $1000 which may net her $600 before expenses.
We live in a defacto relationship.
Our finances are individual and stand alone. There are no shared bank accounts or any other interests.
I earn a nominal income from my Pty Ltd company that manages a company owned by myself and a sibling.
We live in a rented premises of which I pay all the rent (she stopped contributing some months ago) and receive a contribution from a 3rd party boarder.
It is my understanding that my partner 'falls through the cracks' when it comes to being eligible for any Gov't assistance.
My question is - Where can she go to seek advice on this matter independent of Centrelink itself? We are Queensland based. Any assistance would be appreciated. G
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Australia Law
Expert:  Leon replied 5 months ago.
Good AfternoonMy name is ***** ***** I am a NSW Solicitor. Thank you for your question, and will do my best to assist you with your question. Please understand this is not legal advise Please understand this is not legal advice but a guide to assist you.He best avenue is to a financial adviser or a good accountant that can prepare things in a way that Centerlink will accept. Even though you keep your finances apart you are a defect couple and your income and assets will affect what she can receive. It is the same as being married they pool it all together. You can search online for a financial adviser or she can ask her accountant to refer her. hope this makes sense and is of assistance.

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