What does“pooling” of assets mean?

What evidence of the financial aspects of a relationship will support a finding that the parties are in a genuine spousal relationship?

Is it essential that the parties share a joint bank account?

Suppose that one of the parties is a problem gambler, and it is claimed that this party has spent all of the couple’s savings to gambling?

Is that necessarily fatal?

And exactly what does the concept of “pooling” of financial resources mean?

These interesting and important questions were dealt with by Judge Young of the Federal Circuit Court in the case of To v Minister for Home Affairs & Anor (2020) FCCA 3018 (10 September 2020).

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