The end of a relationship triggers a number of matters that need to be addressed to reflect a couple’s new reality. Along with matters related to children of the relationship, support, and division of property, there are some formalities or factors involved in legally ending the relationship.
No court application is necessary for a separation. A separation simply occurs when spouses stop living together as a couple. Once couples separate they will need to make some decisions about how to organize their lives in the short-term. Having a temporary plan will give couples the time they need to make long-lasting and important decisions about how to resolve the issues that must be dealt with.
Married spouses must make a court application to obtain a divorce to formally bring their marriage to an end. A court will grant a divorce if there is a breakdown of the marriage.
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