Appeal Division of the Family Court of Australia at Sydney Judgment delivered 10 June 1998(Appeared for the appellant husband) 

This important case is an often cited for the following proposition:

“In our opinion it is not so much a matter of erosion of contribution but a question of what is to be attached, in all the circumstances, to the initial contribution. It is necessary to weigh the initial contributions by the party with all other relevant contributions of husband and wife. In considering the weight to be attached to the initial contribution, in the case of the husband, regard must be had to the use made by the parties of that contribution. In the present case that use was the substantial contribution to the purchase price of the matrimonial home.”