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.
Family Law Basics
The information on this site is intended as a guide to family law for people that do not have any legal training but some understanding of the legal language used and the laws in this area can help people who are dealing with family law issues.
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 when couples separate.
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.
Names, Debts & Wills
When couples separate there are laws, aside from family laws, that they may need to understand as they move forward with their separate lives.
Frequently asked questions and answers.