Divorce is a necessary legal process to officially end a marriage. A couple must be separated for at least 12 months before official divorce proceedings can begin.
Divorce & Property Settlement
There are some other special conditions that you need to satisfy if you have been married for less than two years, or if you want to have your marriage annulled. If you do Divorce your spouse, it is very important that you reach a property settlement agreement with your spouse (with such an agreement to be formalised by way of a Binding Financial Agreement or Consent Orders), or apply to the Court for a property settlement, within 12 months after your Divorce. If you do not, you will lose your right to ask the Court for a property settlement, and this may cause you great financial hardship. A Court will only allow a property settlement 12 months after a divorce in very limited and special circumstances.
You Must be Eligible to Divorce Your Spouse
To be eligible to Divorce your spouse, you need to satisfy the following conditions:
The Ideal Timeline to Follow
Most people aren’t in a hurry to get Divorced unless they are wanting to get remarried. The more pressing issues are typically Parenting Orders and property settlements. At Freedom Family Law, we generally don’t recommend starting the Divorce process until you have completed the property settlement process.
Whether or not there are Parenting Orders or Parenting Plans in place, does not affect a person’s right to obtain a Divorce.
A Family Law Court, when dealing with a Divorce, does want to know what is happening with the children, even if there are no formal arrangements in place.
The usual time between applying for a Divorce and receiving a Decree Nisi of Divorce is three to four months. It is upon the date of the Decree Nisi of Divorce that you are “Divorced”.