A law of romance has taken root in Australia, and it’s getting a bit weird.
A new online law of beauty is causing a stir, and a woman says she’s been told it’s her lucky day.
“I’m a pretty normal person,” says Sydney resident Samantha McManus, who says she has been “in love with someone” since the age of 12.
She’s a mother of two, but her relationship has been the subject of many court cases in the past.
Ms McManum has been told she is not entitled to a divorce because she’s a partner.
When she was 16, she says, her mother found out her parents had separated, and she and her sister were separated.
I don’t want to get into a fight about it, I don’t like being treated as a second-class citizen, she tells 7.30.
We have to take care of ourselves, and our children.
My mum did the right thing and left, she told the ABC.
But Ms McManu says she was shocked when she learned the law of law of attractiveness was being used as a defence in court.
In Victoria, for example, a man and woman can claim to be “in a law partnership”, but a court will not allow it.
Instead, they have to prove they are “in an unregistered partnership”.
But in Queensland, the woman must prove that she and the man are “intimate and amorous”, and that they are living together together “at the time of the offence”.
It is unclear whether this rule applies in other states, and Ms McMartinus says she hasn’t been contacted by anyone who has been forced to prove that they aren’t married to each other.
The ABC understands that the law does not apply to those in a “courtship marriage”, where a husband and wife have lived together for 20 years or more.
According to Queensland’s Family Law Act, marriage must be “solely and solely” between a man, woman and child, regardless of age.
However, the Family Law Commissioner, Catherine Wylie, told the Queensland Parliament on Wednesday that she had received complaints that the new law could lead to “the creation of an unregulated legal relationship that could lead the courts to say that someone is in a law relationship.”
She said that if this happened in Victoria, she would look into the matter.
If this is the case, Ms Mcmanus says, she may be entitled to take the case to the Supreme Court, which has already ruled in favour of same-sex couples.
“[It] should be the Supreme Judge who has to decide whether this is a valid relationship, and that is something I will definitely pursue,” she said.
‘I’ve never had a law suit’ While the new laws are controversial, the law has gained some traction in the states that have them.
Victoria, for instance, has had some success with the law, with several courts agreeing that couples are entitled to the right to marry.
At the moment, the laws are only available to couples in the ACT and Northern Territory, but Ms Wyli says that may change soon.