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Case Note Corner: Getting the Facts on Defacto Relationships

Key Takeaways The High Court of Fiji in the decision of Samou v Estate of Leslie Allinson [2019][1] has provided some great insight into the structure and dynamics of what constitutes a de facto relationship. In this case the Court took a “holistic” approach to determining what constitutes a defacto relationship and pointed to the need to have a “mutual commitment to a shared life”. The case has now been appealed and it will be open to the court to review its decision in light of legal principles. The Case In this case, Mr A had been in a relationship with Ms S from 1992 to 2001. After the relationship had ended, Mr A and Ms S had continued to live in the same house even though they were sep

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