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dc.contributor.authorLiao, Zhixiongen_NZ
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-13T23:05:19Z
dc.date.available2015en_NZ
dc.date.available2016-10-13T23:05:19Z
dc.date.issued2015en_NZ
dc.identifier.citationLiao, Z. (2015). Finding certainty in determining whether a ‘De Facto Relationship’ exists: An impossible task? Canterbury Law Review, 21, 112–124.en
dc.identifier.issn0112-0581en_NZ
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10289/10685
dc.description.abstractSection 2D(1) of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 defines a “de facto relationship” as “a relationship between 2 persons … who live together as a couple”. Although the Act does not define “living together as a couple”, section 2D(2) & (3) provides that “[i]n determining whether 2 persons live together as a couple, all the circumstances of the relationship are to be taken into account, including … [a list of 9 matters]” and that none of these 9 matters is “to be regarded necessary” and “a court is entitled to have regard to such matters, and to attach such weight to any matter, as may seem appropriate … in the circumstances of the case” (emphases added). The seemingly unfettered discretion of the Court, delegated by section 2D, may be helpful in pursuing a fair and just outcome for each case, but it also raises a great concern as to uncertainty. This paper examines some relevant cases and argues that “mutual commitment to a shared life” should be at the core of section 2D and be the most important test, and by which certainty can be found to a large extent, in determining whether a de facto relationship exists. Accordingly, this paper recommends that amendments should be made to the legislation to aid the interpretation and application of section 2D.en_NZ
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Canterburyen_NZ
dc.relation.urihttp://www.nzlii.org/nz/journals/CanterLawRw/
dc.rightsThis is an author’s accepted version of an article published in the journal: Canterbury Law Review. Used with permission.
dc.subjectDe Facto Relationshipen_NZ
dc.subjectLawen_NZ
dc.subjectNew Zealanden_NZ
dc.titleFinding certainty in determining whether a "De Facto Relationship" exists: An impossible task?en_NZ
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.relation.isPartOfCanterbury Law Reviewen_NZ
pubs.begin-page112
pubs.elements-id142586
pubs.end-page124
pubs.publication-statusPublisheden_NZ
pubs.publisher-urlhttp://www.laws.canterbury.ac.nz/clr/clrindex.shtmlen_NZ
pubs.volume21en_NZ


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