Property Settlement in Maitland & The Hunter Valley

Understanding property settlements

Property settlements are a crucial part of the separation process, determining how assets and liabilities will be divided. The law regarding property settlements applies equally to married couples and de facto relationships in NSW, with the exception of de facto relationships that ended before March 1, 2009.

The importance of early legal and financial advice

The decisions you make early in your property settlement case can significantly influence the outcome. Understanding your rights and obligations under the Family Law Act at the outset ensures you are well-prepared to make informed decisions. Early advice can help you:

  • Identify and value your property pool.
  • Understand your borrowing capacity, especially if you wish to retain certain assets like the family home.
  • Be aware of potential tax implications, such as capital gains tax.
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Our approach to property settlement

Our specialist family lawyers are committed to helping you navigate the complexities of property settlement with clarity and confidence. We work closely with you to:

  • Explain the property division process and key strategies for maximizing your outcome.
  • Assess your situation and the relevant property pool.
  • Provide clear guidance on calculating your potential entitlement and identifying factors that can enhance your outcome.

Separation Agreements

If you can amicably agree on property division with your partner, a separation agreement may be the best route. Our family lawyers can assist you in negotiating and formalizing a settlement, which can be achieved through:

  • Consent Orders: Formalized by the Family Court, providing legal certainty and stamp duty exemptions for asset transfers.
  • Binding Financial Agreements (Separation Agreements): Offering finality and preventing future claims.

These agreements can also be established before marriage (Prenuptial Agreement) or during the relationship, outlining property division plans in case of separation.

Mediation Services

Mediation is an effective way to resolve disputes with the help of an independent mediator. This process can facilitate negotiations and help both parties reach a mutually satisfactory agreement.

Going to Court

If an agreement cannot be reached, the matter may proceed to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia. The timelines for initiating court proceedings are:

  • Within 12 months of the Divorce Order taking effect for divorced couples.
  • Within two years of the date of separation for de facto couples.

If these deadlines are missed, court permission is required to commence the case.

Steps in Property Division

The process of property division involves several key steps:

  1. Valuation: Assess the value of each party’s assets.
  2. Just and Equitable: Determine if making an order is fair and reasonable.
  3. Contributions Assessment: Evaluate the contributions made by each party.
  4. Section 75(2) Factors: Consider various factors, including children’s arrangements and each party’s income.
  5. Final Order: Ensure the proposed division is just and equitable.

Get in touch

Navigating a property settlement can be complex and emotionally challenging. Our team is here to provide expert guidance and support every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards securing your financial future.

David Allen, Principal & Maitland Solicitor at Hills Solicitors
Daniel Allen, Maitland Solicitor at Hills Solicitors
David Allen, Principal & Maitland Solicitor at Hills Solicitors

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Step one Get to know each other

When you come to Hills for advice you are never just another client to us, you become part of our large family and it is vital we get to know you.

Step two Understanding your rights

The first step is to help you understand your rights and how you can approach the issues at hand.

Step three Determining your goals

The most important step is understanding exactly what you would like to see at the end of your matter.

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