Separation & Divorce in Maitland & The Hunter Valley

What is separation?

Separation occurs when you and your spouse or partner decide to live separately and apart with the intention of ending your relationship. In Australia, you do not need to apply for a legal separation. It is a practical decision that marks the beginning of the process towards divorce or property settlement.

Grounds for divorce

In Australia, the only ground for divorce is the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. This is demonstrated by living separately and apart for at least 12 months. If you have been separated but living under the same roof, additional evidence may be required to prove the separation.

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Initiating divorce proceedings

To apply for divorce, you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or resident or regard Australia as your permanent home.
  • Have been separated for at least 12 months.
  • Provide the court with details of arrangements made for any children under 18 years of age.

The divorce process

Once you file for divorce, a court hearing date is set. If your divorce is uncontested and all requirements are met, the court will grant a divorce order. There is a mandatory waiting period of one month before the divorce becomes final.

Financial and parenting arrangements

Divorce proceedings do not automatically settle financial and parenting arrangements. These issues are separate and may require additional legal processes, such as property settlement or parenting orders, to be resolved.

Property settlement

Property settlement determines how assets and debts will be divided between parties following separation. It involves assessing the contributions made by each party and their future needs. Property settlement can be negotiated privately or through the Family Court.

Parenting arrangements

Arrangements for children involve decisions about their care, living arrangements, and financial support. Parents are encouraged to reach agreements through mediation or negotiation. If an agreement cannot be reached, the court can intervene to make parenting orders.

Seeking legal advice

Navigating separation and divorce can be complex, and seeking legal advice early in the process is advisable. A family lawyer can provide guidance on your rights and obligations, help negotiate agreements, and represent you in court if necessary.

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We understand that separation and divorce are challenging times. Our experienced team is here to provide compassionate and expert legal support tailored to your individual circumstances. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards resolving your family law matters.

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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