Relationship changes - Work and Income
It is common knowledge that when a married couple in New Zealand gets divorced, they, general speaking, get half each of all the property. You can tell us about changes to your relationships using MyMSD. It will also work out if you need to come in and see us and let you book an appointment to do. IN THE SYSTEM: How easy is it for those seeking Work and Income and purposes in a defacto relationship, but, to provide some clarity.
If you're unsure about whether we would consider you to be in a relationship, please contact us. We will be happy to discuss this with you.
Laws can't keep up with modern relationships
If you are in a violent relationship, or thinking of leaving one, we may be able to give you extra financial help and advise you where you can go for other support. Please contact us about it. The Police can also help you get protection, shelter and support. Have you told us everything?Insight: Solo mothers using Work and Income in New Zealand
When you receive income assistance, it is very important you tell us everything about your personal situation that might affect your entitlement. An example is if you're working or in a relationship.
Rachael, for instance, was unsure when filling out her application if she and her partner even qualified as a de facto relationship, due to the fact they had been living outside New Zealand for several years.
- Laws can’t keep up with modern relationships
- Relationships and income assistance
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Family Lawyer Simon Jefferson said this is not unusual because of how varied relationships have become, and the looser defining markers of a de facto relationship compared to marriage or civil union. With a de facto, it tends to be much vaguer. When the Government defined this status in the amendment of the Relationships Act, they decided to make the legal rights of a de facto relationship essentially the same as if the couple were married.
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The most common effect of this is that, should a couple break up, they would be legally entitled to half of everything. However, the complication of a de facto relationship is that there is no action involved to define you as such like a wedding, for example. Rather, a couple will simply meet criteria at some point in their relationship which will define them as a de facto partnership.
The primary determining factor is if you live together as a couple.
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But even then, the amendment to the Relationships Property Act illustrates time as just one factor in determining your de facto status. This amendment contains the most comprehensive legal definition of a de facto relationship: Simon Jefferson had written that the considerations of all these points make it impossible to create a universal principle which defines a de facto relationship.
How do the Ministry of Social Development define de facto relationships? The Ministry of Social Development use the definition of de facto relationships found in the Interpretation Act, which also says it is defined by a couple living together. However, the MSD have created guidelines which allow for a more concrete definition of a what de facto relationship is, breaking it down into two components; emotional commitment and financial interdependence.
Financial interdependence is how joint your finances are. It asks questions such as, do you have joint accounts? Do you own property, cars and real estate together?
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Do you share payment of bills and everyday expenses? Emotional commitment is essentially a judgment of how emotionally invested you are to each other.
It includes a wide range of measures and activities from more basic and general rehabilitation to goal-oriented activities, for instance vocational rehabilitation. Review of Decision ROD An opportunity for a client to apply for a formal review of a decision that has been made about their financial assistance.
Regional Health Advisor RHA A Work and Income employee responsible for providing advice and recommendations on health factors associated with benefit applications and the appropriateness of services.
S Any money or award gained from employment. Services to Employers An initiative that delivers services to employers according to their potential to provide Work and Income clients with sustainable employment opportunities. Specialised Assessment An assessment undertaken by a health or disability practitioner, engaged by Work and Income, to provide detailed information not able to be obtained elsewhere eg addiction medicine specialist, psychologist, community worker.
Work and Income meets the cost of this service. The requirement for a specialised assessment will be established by the regional health advisor or the regional disability advisor.