Wilsons The Family Lawyers
With separation and divorce, there are a number of time frames that need to be considered. In Australia, you cannot apply for a divorce until you have been separated on a final basis for more than twelve months. The majority of our clients have their arrangements, in terms of their children or their financial settlement, formalised within that time frame. They do not have to wait twelve months to indeed have those arrangements settled. For de facto couples or those in same-sex relationships that have not married, there is a two-year time frame that applies in terms of, from the date they separate until such time as they can seek the assistance of the Court.
It is important to seek legal advice around those time frames and indeed, for a divorce, what steps can be taken to apply.