The AMICABLE Divorce Method

You and your partner can separate and, for lack of a better word, have an amicable divorce. What constitutes an amicable divorce or separation? Well I suppose an amicable divorce or separation is one which is relatively civil and respectful, in spite of any potential tension and discomfort. I’ve developed the AMICABLE Divorce method, which […]

Making The Pie Split Official 

When it comes to making your agreement about how you’ll split The Pie official, you’d be looking at doing this by way of Financial Consent Orders. The Consent Orders allow for real estate, shares and cars to be transferred without having to pay stamp duty. There are two documents that need to be prepared, one […]

Part 2: Will our financial agreement be rejected?

In Part 1, we talked about the process of getting your financial agreement signed off on by the Court Registrar. Now, to talk about what the Registrar considers in order to sign off on an agreement. The law says that the division of assets, debts and superannuation after separation (formally called a ‘property settlement’) should be ‘just and equitable’—basically, […]

‘Christmas in July’ and Separation: What do they have to do with one another?

There seems to be a lot of ‘Christmas in July’ themed parties, events and advertising gigs on this month. You’re probably wondering though, what does that have to do with separation and divorce? Well, a few things: Typically, couples take between three to six months (or potentially longer) to reach an agreement after separation about care arrangements […]

Am I entitled to a property settlement?

The said-lifelong commitment of marriage effectively ‘entitles’ you and your partner to a property settlement. Basically, the relevant law (being the Family Law Act 1975) says that a Court can change how you and your partner hold property if you’re married. What however, that means in terms of the outcome of dividing the assets of […]

What does the law say about what I am ‘entitled’ to as part of a property settlement?

The law says that there is a four-step process to determining the appropriate division of assets, liabilities and superannuation when couples separate. And yes, superannuation is on the table! Step 1 is to identify all of the assets, liabilities and superannuation (“the property pool”). This includes everything in your sole name, your partner’s sole name, […]