Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

New Law Will Place Severe Strain On Relationships

ACT Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks predicts that after the debates scheduled this week on the Government’s new Property Relationships law, many people in de facto relationships will be told by their lawyers to split from their partners so they can protect their assets.

“I am getting confirmation that the worst effects of the Property Relationships Bill could be on the poorer partners in existing relationships. Your lawyer may have to tell you, if you are the richer partner, that if you want to save your house and future independence, perhaps only a break-up before the new Act starts will do it.

“Contracting out is very uncertain. According to family lawyers “if you don’t sign this you will have to go” will constitute duress. An agreement signed under duress will not work.

“But a more nasty alternative will probably work. Try a temporary end to your relationship - without giving the poorer partner any choice. You have to cease living as a couple - so you’ll need to kick the companion out. Then wait a reasonable time, and if you still want to start it again, offer a new relationship on condition the contract is signed.

“Lawyers will be forced to advise the partner with more assets to act very cold-bloodedly. They may have to coach their clients to duck discussion or even ignore anguished requests for explanation from the poorer partner. Because none of it will work if the poorer partner finds out the real reason for the bust up.

“Worse may be the fate of women dumped or kicked out by a partner just before the birth of a baby. Men will learn that a baby born while in a relationship becomes a ‘child of the relationship’ – whether or not they are the father. Property sharing will apply from the birthdate of the child – even if the relationship has lasted for much less than the three years normally needed to bring the law down on them.

“People will develop countless strategies in attempts to safeguard two things they value, their own carefully saved property and the relationship with the partner.

“250,000 New Zealanders will face theses stresses as this new law “marries them” for property purposes, without their consent.

“If thousands of relationships break-up, or do not even get started, because of fear of covert property ambitions, that will be the direct harvest of misery from the Government’s social engineering,” Mr Franks said.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>

 

Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election