An Adelaide man is fighting a prestigious private school for the bulk of his deceased gay partner's $3.3 million estate.
The man is challenging the will of his partner of 26 years in the Supreme Court, requesting the court formally recognise him as a spouse.
Peter and Robert — not their real names — began dating in the early 1980s when they were aged 26 and 64 respectively.
They were in a relationship until Robert's death last year, aged 90.
In his will, retired businessman Robert left Peter, now 54, the couple's Adelaide Hills home and $100,000.
Shares, cash and a home in the city's eastern suburbs were left to an Adelaide college, which cannot be named for legal reasons.
Robert also left $225,000 worth of gifts to charities.
In an affidavit to the court, Peter said he and Robert were in a committed relationship and that they had bought their Adelaide Hills holiday home together.
"If I am to continue to live my life in the manner in which I have been living with Robert for the past 26 years, my current income will not be sufficient," Peter said.
Peter said Robert had often assured him that he would not need to worry about money after he had died.
"He would say such things as, ‘I want you to know that as far as my estate is concerned, everything is yours'," Peter said.
"I would also like to continue to take the sorts of holidays that I would take with the deceased and my present income may not allow me to do so."
Friends of the couple filed affidavits testifying Robert and Peter lived like a married couple.
A number of people said Peter had been a committed full-time carer to Robert in the final years of his life.
Source: Adelaide Now, Author: Ali Best. Approving editor: Fiona Willan.