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Binding Financial Agreement DeFacto
A Binding Financial Agreement Defacto (sometimes known as a “pr=e-nup”) is a private agreement that couples are able to enter into to deal with financial and property matters.
The Family Law Act 1975 provides for parties to a marriage or defacto relationship to enter into a binding legal agreement about the financial arrangements should their marriage or defacto relationship break down. … You can make a financial agreement before, during or after a marriage or defacto relationship. the event of a relationship breakdown.
Table of contents
- Separate property.
- Joint property.
- During the defacto relationship.
- Division of property in the event of breakdown of the defacto relationship.
- Independent legal advice.
- Claims for provision out of the estate of a deceased party.
- Governing law and jurisdiction.
- Further assurance.
A Binding Financial Agreement-defacto is for parties who are already in a defacto relationship.
14 pages long.
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Binding Financial Agreements
There are many names for Binding Financial Agreements, including;
- Pre-nuptial Agreements (commonly known as pre-nups),
- Post-nuptial Agreements (post-nups); and
- Cohabitation Agreements.
They are known by the courts as Binding Financial Agreements (BFA)
A BFA provides an agreement in advance for a division of assets if the relationship or marriage breaks down.
Virtually everyone at some stage in their lives will be in a relationship which is subject to the Family Law Act. Most defacto and same sex couples are, after 2 years, treated the same way as married couples.
Young couples commence living together without any consideration of the legal consequences. Older couples seeking company can be deemed to be in a de Facto relationship even if it was not their initial intention. On a separation and despite prior promises not to, a claim can be made.
Before considering solutions, an understanding of how the Court deals with those assets would be useful.
Binding Financial Agreements can be entered into before the commencement of a marriage, de facto relationships or even during or after a marriage or separation. relationship and even after separation.
BFA’s need to be set up correctly to be legally binding. To be binding, there are certain requirements that BFA’s need to meet, if these items are not met, then the agreement can be void or set aside.
It is advisable that a BFA be reviewed every 24 months or after, during any changes in relationship.
A correctly executed BFA may provide some degree of certainty to the parties and thus avoid unnecessary arguments, in the event that a relationship ends, as they have agreed in advance as to how the property will be divided.
It can also make parties feel secure knowing that the property they have accumulated before the relationship or marriage is safe. By reaching agreement in advance, the issues that occur after a break up are more likely to be carried out without costly legal expenses or court delays.
Binding Financial Agreements can provide comfort to relationships if issues arise.