Story: Divorce and separation

Stay-at-home partners

The contribution made by a marriage partner who stayed at home, running the household, rearing children, caring for the employed partner, and possibly assisting him or her in their work, was recognised in 1976. In 2002 the law was altered to include stay-at-home partners in de facto relationships (both same-sex and heterosexual) and, later, civil unions. Here, Attorney General Margaret Wilson explains the contribution stay-at-home partners might make.

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Megan Cook, 'Divorce and separation - Maintenance and the division of property', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 July 2024)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 8 Nov 2018