Case Study: Loaning from a De Facto Partner’s Parent

In Carran and Bosco [2010] FCWA 76, the de facto couple were together for a short time and purchased a house. The applicant claimed to have made 95% of the mortgage repayments and made the majority of non-financial contributions.

They had taken out a mortgage loan together and the applicant borrowed $150,000 from her mother. When dividing property, the court arguably held that the $150,000 was a joint liability and ordered that the applicant indemnify the respondent for his share, in return for signing over his interest in the property.

De facto property settlement can be very complex. We therefore recommend you seek legal advice from one of our very experienced Perth family lawyers. We invite you to discuss your particular matter with our Legal Practitioner Director, Ms. Shannon Bodeker, who has been working in family law for over 20 years.

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