Family Law Property Settlements – Time Limits

17 January 2023

How Long after Separation do you have to effect a Legally Binding Property Settlement?

It depends on your relationship status.

If you’ve been in a ‘de facto relationship’, you have two years from the ‘date of separation’ to seek a Court Order providing for a property settlement.

If you’re divorced, you have one year from the date of divorce.

There are limited exceptions to those time limits, but it’s safest to stick to them.

Obtaining Consent Orders quickly after separation is of course an ideal way to avoid missing time limits.

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