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The issue of property settlement between married and de facto parties is complex and technical.  A High Court decision has now made this more the case. If you are 40 something and one of your parents (or both) have re-partnered and you are wondering about the effect this may have on your inheritance, then read on. If you think a property settlement cannot happen whilst you are not separated, think again. Generally speaking, the Court cannot make a property settlement order unless it is satisfied that, in all the circumstances, it is ‘just and equitable’ to do so. The case of Stanford v Stanford [2012] HCA 52 has highlighted the importance of carefully considering this term. The husband and wife were married for over 40 years.  Both parties had been previously married and had adult children.  The family home was registered in the husband’s sole name. During the relationship, they each made…

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