My current partner and I purchased a home last June. We have been together coming up 4 years in August. I am not in a

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Customer: My current partner and I purchased a home last June. We have been together coming up 4 years in August. I am not in a very good relationship with him and I am thinking of leaving. In October 2017 I moved out of the relationship for 6 months but returned in the April 2018. He has provided the deposit and mortgage payments since purchasing our home last year but I have contributed financially in other areas. If I am to leave where do I stand financially?
JA: What steps have you taken so far? Have you prepared or filed any paperwork?
Customer: No. Nothing as yet
JA: Where is the home located?
Customer: Redcliffs, Christchurch
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: This relationship has become physical
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Also during the time I moved out we were still seeing each other
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I am a New Zealand lawyer based in Wellington and will help you with your question today. Please give me a minute to read the question

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The key issue is that you were together over three years which means you can make a claim to relationship property. The fact you were still seeing each other in the six month period, helps to reinforce this and so you can claim a half share of the property. if it is in your joint names you can claim this anyway. But if he is being violent then you should consider getting a protection order in the Family Court which will mean he must move out

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Hi Chris. Thank you for your help. Can I please confirm that even if he had paid for the deposit on the house and is paying the mortgage payments, I am still entitled to half of the property? Both our names are ***** ***** mortgage.
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Is it half I am entitled to or just a certain amount?
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If both of your names are ***** ***** mortgage, then you will both be on the title to the property. Since you have been together longer than the minimum period your claim is to a half share, which is calculated by the current value of the property less the mortgage. So it is a half share

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When we purchased the house we were not quite together 3 years at that stage. Does that make any difference?
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No, it is the length of the relationship which is important rather than when you acquired the property
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