When Throuples Go Wrong: Two Women and a Man who have been & # 39; Married & # 39; were separating – which triggers a VERY complicated battle for the $ 2 million house they shared
- Trio moved to a four-acre farm in Auckland in 2002 after building a relationship
- Lived together on the property for 15 years before they all separated
- The couple Lilach and Brett Paul had given Fiona Mead a ring to mark their union
- The court ruling said the three had even shared a bed for most of the relationship
- The house was in Mead's name, but after the separation, the battle for the share of ownership began
- Court said the relationship had not given Lilach and Brett rights to the $ 2.1 million property
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Two women and a man living together in a polyamorous relationship triggered a bitter lawsuit over the house that they shared after they had all split up.
The couple Lilach and Brett Paul moved to a four-hectare farm in northwest Auckland on the north island of New Zealand in 2002 after establishing a relationship with Fiona Mead.
The Throuple lived with Mead on the Kumeu property for 15 years – they shared a bed most of the time and the latter received a ring to mark their union.
Each of the three also formed other “secondary relationships” with other parties during their time together.
Lilach (left) and Brett Paul (right) moved to a farm with Fiona Mead after starting a "throuple", but they are now in a bitter legal battle
Mead worked as a veterinarian during their time together, and the Pauls between them ran paintball and lawn mower shops.
But Lilach separated from Brett and Mead in 2017 before the remaining couple separated a year later, according to a verdict released on Friday by the family court.
Mead continued to live in the house after the separation.
During the 15-year relationship, the property purchased on behalf of Mead for NZD 533,000 (AUD 498,000) had grown in value NZD 2.1 million (AUD 2 million).
Lilach applied to the New Zealand Family Court in 2019 to determine her stake in the apartment under the Property Relationships Act.
Fiona Mead (pictured) had a three-way relationship with the couple Lilach and Brett Paul, who all lived together on a farm
Mead had contested the request and said that their three-way relationship was not a de facto relationship.
In a unique verdict, the country's high court ruled that the law cannot be applied to polyamorous multi-partner relationships.
"For all of the above reasons, the law at first sight not only does not apply to a polyamorous relationship like the parties," it would also be impractical to extend the legislation to fit this case, "said Judge Anne Hinton in their decision.
A polyamorous relationship consists of more than one partner involved, but with the consent of all three parties.
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