Sometimes partners will receive ACC payments because of an injury they suffer.
The law does not focus on the payments themselves. Instead, the law looks at the legal right the partners have to receive the payments. If the legal right arose during the relationship, the value of the payments, whether as a lump sum or ongoing future payments, is likely to be relationship property.
We want to know whether you think this is fair.
Partners who receive the payments must still bear the consequences of the injury after the relationship ends. Should they still have to share the payments? It is also income on which they might depend.
On the other hand, the right to the payments may be one of the couple’s biggest items of property. Should the other partner lose an interest in it? How is the property different from other rights to payment, like investments the partners have made?