Family Law Library

How is the property split?

Depending on the length of the relationship, how the parties have organised their finances and their circumstances, a property settlement can be quite simple or involve complex negotiations.

Both financial and non-financial contributions are taken into account when deciding a property settlement. It is important to understand that the Family Law Act takes into account various items and factors that you may not be aware of. These include compensation payments for personal injury, ill health or disability of each party, superannuation, future needs, the future earning capacity of each party, the health of any children and the financial resources of each party such as expected future inheritances.

It is important to find out what your legal entitlements are before you sign anything.

If you are negotiating an agreement yourself, gaining knowledge on your legal entitlements will help you to make an informed decision.