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Leon, Solicitor
Category: Australia Law
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Experience:  BEc Dip Ed, Dip Law (SAB) MTax (UNSW)
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I bought a block of land and the title is in my name only.

Customer Question

I bought a block of land and the title is in my name only. The house we built on that land is in joint names and is mortgage free. What happens if we would separate?
JA: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: WA
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: What do you mean?
JA: What confuses you?
Customer: Reported to who?
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: No that is just my question as my partner believes that the house is mine legally as I owe the land
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Australia Law
Expert:  Leon replied 1 month ago.

Hi, I am Leon, a NSW Solicitor. I will be assisting you with your question. If you choose a telephone call, you will be charged an additional fee.

Expert:  Leon replied 1 month ago.

Good Afternoon

It would all form part of the marital assets and split. The law will apply the following 4 steps

Step 1: Determine what the assets are and their value

This will include all assets and their value as at the day that you are dividing them. It does not matter whose name the assets are in, they will form part of the matrimonial pool. Superannuation entitlements are also included.

Step 2: Determine what contributions you and your Husband made towards the assets.

This includes a consideration of both financial and non-financial contributions. Consideration is given to what assets each of you brought into the marriage as well. The weight given to your initial contribution will be dependent upon the length of your relationship. The longer the relationship the less weight given to the initial contribution.

Step 3: What are each of your future needs.

Consideration is given to your respective ages, your comparitive income earning capacity as well as other factors.

IF these things don't balance equally for each spouse, then an adjustment is made in the percentages.

Step 4: Make an order that is just and equitable between both spouses

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
We are married since 25 years, the house in question was built 5 years ago. My husband is convinced that if I would decide to leave (which I have no intention to do), everything would be mine as I bought the block of land in only my name. so this assumption is incorrect?
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Would prefer communicating via message
Expert:  Leon replied 1 month ago.

It is a long marriage and if everything is equal you would each get 50%

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
it does not matter that I did not work for several years due to the birth of our daughter and later on only worked part time?
Expert:  Leon replied 1 month ago.

Good Afternoon

no they are contributions as homemaker.

As it is a long marriage the starting point is 50%/

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Need to mention as well that my husband had a unit when I met him that we sold and built our first home paying a mortgage, while I was looking after our daughter
Expert:  Leon replied 1 month ago.

Good Afternoon

It is all split.

What you each had when you met, is now mixed in because of the length of the marriage.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
That is all I needed to ask, it was more a matter of who is being right lol
Expert:  Leon replied 1 month ago.

Good Afternoon

All the best and good luck

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