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Separation vs Divorce: What You Should Know

Separation and divorce are difficult topics to talk about and difficult experiences to go through. The difficulty can be a barrier to finding out enough information to make a clear decision and go through the process in the best way for you. One blurred line is the...

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What is a De Facto Relationship in NZ?

What is a de facto relationship? In New Zealand, a de facto relationship is defined as a relationship between two people who are over 18, living together, and are not already married or in a civil union with one another. Knowing whether you’re in a de facto...

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How to Buy Out Your Partner from the Mortgage

What is a "buy out"? A mortgage buy out is one solution if you and your partner separate but still have mortgage obligations and one partner wants to keep the house. A buy out involves one partner purchasing the equity interest of the other. It can be done relatively...

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What is a Prenup?

A prenup, or prenuptial agreement, is a legal contract between partners that sets out how assets would be divided upon separation or death. Often created before marriage, a prenup agreement sets out the couple's relationship property and separate property, meaning...

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Cost of a Separation Agreement

The cost of getting a Separation Agreement (or Contracting Out Agreement for that matter) is not very expensive relative to the benefit that it provides. Certainly, it is less expensive than going to the Family Court for an order to divide up your relationship...

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Property (Relationships) Act: A Handy Guide for Kiwis

What is the Property (Relationships) Act 1976? The Property (Relationships) Act 1976 sets out the rules for dividing property when marriages, de facto relationships, or civil unions end. It confirms an “equal sharing” rule in New Zealand: that all relationship...

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Five Helpful Tips to Save Time & Money on Certification

1. Negotiate and decide with each other, before meeting your lawyers The #1 reason some people end up paying much more than they thought for certification is this: negotiating and changing the agreement after the lawyers are already involved.  At Agreeable, we...

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A Guide to Property Sharing Agreements

What is a Property Sharing Agreement? A Property Sharing Agreement, also known as a Co-ownership Agreement, is a private contract that sets out the rights and obligations of the co-owners, when a group of people is purchasing a property together. It's an important...

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