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Do time limits apply in Family Law financial cases?

Yes. Time limits are different for married and de facto couples and it is important to be aware of them.

For de facto couples; parties must settle their financial issues via a Consent Order or otherwise file an Application for property adjustment in the Family Courts within 2 years of the date of separation occurring.

For married couples:

  • There is no time limit if the parties are separated but not divorced.
  • If divorced, parties must finalise their financial settlement by way of a Consent Order or otherwise file an Application for property adjustment in the Family Courts within 1 year of the Certificate of Divorce.
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