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Relationships and the law

Terms of reference
In a letter to the Commission dated 6 September 1999, the Attorney General, the Hon J W Shaw QC MLC required the Commisison:

    to inquire into and report on the operation of the Property (Relationships) Act 1984, with particular regard to:

    • the financial adjustment provisions of the Act and in particular:

    i. the effectiveness of section 20 in bringing about just and equitable adjustments of the parties' respective interests; and

    ii. whether the current legislation is able to take into account superannuation entitlements effectively;

    • the process of decision-making or determination of rights;

    • the 1999 amendments incorporating the Property Relationships (Amendment) Act 1999 and the matters referred to the Legislative Council's Standing Committee on Social Issues regarding the rights and obligations of persons in interdependent personal relationships; and

    any related matter.

Preliminary Paper
Relationships and the Law: Review of the Property (Relationships) Act 1984 (February 2000)

Seminar Papers
A Discussion Forum on Relationships and the Law (Sydney, 7 July 2000)

Discussion Paper
Review of the Property (Relationships) Act 1984 (NSW) (April 2002)

Relationships (June 2006)

See also: Digest; Media release (17 May 2002)

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