Family Law Library

Will my domestic tasks be taken into account?

If your relationship led to you spending time out of the paid workforce and you were contributing to the relationship by caring for children or performing domestic tasks, then you have no need to feel disadvantaged. A property settlement takes into account both financial and non-financial contributions made by each party in the relationship.

The Family Law Act recognises that many relationships operate so that one party takes time out of the paid workforce in order to perform domestic tasks or care for children. These contributions are for the most part considered equal to the financial contributions.

Sometimes both parties continue in the paid workforce, but one party may perform the majority of the domestic tasks. This contribution will also be considered in property settlements.