In cases of partner visas, where the applicant and the sponsor is legally married but evidence suggest
that the sponsor does not contribute in any living expenses and the relationship has ended during the
period of lodging of the visa application, but before the result of the application is determined, most
cases end up with unfavourable results for the applicant. The court will claim that the sponsor not
contributing to the living expenses likely means the relationship might not be genuine. But there was an
exception in the Singh v Minister for Immigration and Anor (2016) FCCA 1845 (1 August 2016) which will
show hope to similar applicants.
In this case, the applicant, Mr Singh claimed that his Australian wife does not share household expenses
and he has to pay even for her speeding tickets. The judge in the case ruled that the sponsor not
contributing to expenses that is shared by both parties is, in fact, the proof for a legitimate relationship
and the applicant paying for the sponsor’s expenses was a case of “pooling of financial resources”.
This case indicates that one party not contributing in expenses is not legally irrelevant, but is actually
proof of financial pooling and a genuine relationship. This might be a case to look into for applicants
with similar problem.