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Leon, Solicitor
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Experience:  BEc Dip Ed, Dip Law (SAB) MTax (UNSW)
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My husband...has just last week told me he is in emotional

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My husband...has just last week told me he is in emotional and romantic relationship with a younger woman. It's really early days yet, and shock has still not set in.
Had to admit this to me, because he did not turn his phone off properly, then I saw a message on his hotmail account that was sent to his email Facebook so within a week I was armed with evidence. He has only been working with her since early May
We are 2.5 weeks away from going on a once in a lifetime European holiday of which$25,000has been paid from my superannuation. The trip was to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary and my retirement, he is still working he is 58 and I am 63,.
He is a government employee who is on defined benefit super where he will take approx $50,000 pa as a fortnightly pension.
At the moment he is dangling the carrot in front of me saying I need him financially etc and he would like to keep our relationship as it is and keep seeing the other woman.
I have asked him specifically twice if he would give her up and he has firmly said NO.
IF HE HAD OF SAID YES on the other hand I may have not considered taking him on this trip, But I cannot go with him knowing this.
I guess what my main concern is if things were to really collapse, what claim would I have over hhis fortnightly pension in the future,
Hope I have made this clear without too many added extras. THANKYOU very much
In anticipation ....Helen
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Australia Law
Expert:  Leon replied 1 year ago.
Good Afternoon, My 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 advise but a guide to assist you.If you decide to go for a property settlement the starting point is 50% of everything including his super. The law applies the following 4 steps. The steps are:1. Consideration of whether a property settlement is necessaryThe first important consideration for the Court is to determine whether or not it is actually necessary to proceed with a property settlement.In the vast majority of cases, the Court will decide that it is just and equitable for there to be a property settlement or a change in the ownership of a property. However, in some cases, the Court will decide that each party should simply keep what they presently own.This may be because:the parties have decided to keep their financial affairs and arrangements totally separate throughout the relationship;the relationship was of a very short duration; orthe parties separated many years ago and have organised their affairs on the basis of an informal agreement since that time.2. Identify and value the assets and liabilitiesThis involves compiling a list of all assets and liabilities (including superannuation) that are in the individual and/or joint names of you and your former spouse/partner, and attributing a value to them.Values can be approximate or may be determined by way of a formal valuation, as they should be as accurate as possible. The result should be a table of assets and liabilities which your solicitors will use to determine the value of the total asset pool to be divided. It is also standard practice to establish what the asset pool was when you first started living together (which may have occurred prior to marriage) to work out any increase in asset values and to establish what each party brought into the relationship (referred to as initial contributions). 3. Assess contributionsOnce an asset pool has been established, your solicitor will ask questions about each party’s contributions to the asset pool.Contributions can be:financial (such as by way of income, mortgage payments or inheritances);non-financial (such as labour to undertake renovations); orby way of being a homemaker and parent.Contributions are usually calculated as a notional percentage, such as 50/50 or 60/40.4. Assess “future needs”Once contributions have been assessed, your solicitors (or the court) will consider what are referred to as the “future needs” of both parties. These include:the age and health of the parties;the earning capacity of the parties;whether one party will have the care of young children;the duration of the marriage or relationship; andany other relevant consideration. The assessment of future needs will impact the notional percentage reached in Step 2, so that the percentage split of the asset pool may increase or decrease in favour of one or other of the parties to take into account any relevant future needs factors.5. Is the division of assets just and equitable?Taking each of the previous steps into account, your solicitors, or the court, will then consider whether the final division of assets as proposed by the parties is just and equitable in all of the circumstances. This may involve assessing the practical effect of any proposed division of the asset pool. It is form the following link you stopped working and your super is not as much as his you would even be eligible for spousal maintenance. You would be claiming a lump sum of his super but the law looks at all assets including yours. I hope this makes sense and is of assistance. if there is nothing further thank you for using my services. If I have missed anything, or you have any further questions please let me know If there is anything else in the future please do not hesitate to ask. Please do not forget to leave positive feedback. RegardsLeon
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
THANKYOU I have to put this information away to look at all. A liitle closer
Expert:  Leon replied 1 year ago.
You are very welcome and thank you for using my services. If I have missed anything, or you have any further questions please let me know If there is anything else in the future please do not hesitate to ask. Please do not forget to leave positive feedback. RegardsLeon