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Understanding Separation Settlements in Victoria

Before delving into separation settlements, it’s essential to understand what separation means in Victoria. Legally, separation occurs when a couple decides to live separately and apart, and at least one party believes the relationship has irretrievably broken down.

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Legal Framework

Victoria operates under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth), which governs matters relating to separation, divorce, and property settlements. Understanding these laws is crucial when entering into a separation / property settlement.

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Factors to Consider Before a Family Law Property Settlements

Before proceeding with a Family Law property settlement, you must consider the following factors:

  • Legal Advice: Seek legal advice from an eligible family lawyer to understand your rights, obligations, and legal options.
  • Emotional Support: Separation is emotionally challenging. Seek emotional support from friends, family, or a counsellor to help you cope.
  • Financial Assessment: Assess your financial situation, including assets, debts, and income, to prepare for the division of property and assets.
  • Children’s Welfare: If you have children, prioritise their well-being and consider arrangements for their care and custody.

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Property and Asset Division

Property settlement is a significant aspect of separation settlements. Property in Victoria is split according to fairness and equity principles, taking into consideration numerous aspects such as direct financial contributions, indirect financial contributions, non-financial contributions, income disparity, if you have a child or children and future needs.

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Financial Agreements

Couples can create legally binding financial agreements, such as prenuptial agreements or postnuptial agreements, to figure out how assets and finances will be separated in case of separation. These agreements can simplify the settlement process.

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Spousal Maintenance

Spousal maintenance may be a consideration if one party has a significantly lower income or financial need post-separation. It is determined based on factors like income disparity and  financial dependency.

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Child Custody – Spending Time and Support

Determining child custody and support arrangements is a critical aspect of separation settlements. Parents must prioritise the best interests of the child when negotiating custody – Spending time arrangements. 

Mediation and Negotiation

In situations where disputes arise, professional law firms can facilitate mediation and negotiation to reach amicable resolutions. Their experience in conflict resolution can help parties find common ground and avoid costly litigation.