Family Law Library

Property settlements

One of the most important, and perhaps the most difficult, issues facing couples who separate is the question of ‘who gets what?’ The Family Law Act provides for property settlements between couples who are, or have been, married and also couples in a de facto relationship (including same sex couples). Most property settlements are dealt with by the Federal Circuit Court or the Family Court.

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Strict time limits apply to commencing property settlement proceedings in a Court. You must apply for a Court Order within two years from the date your de facto relationship ended or within one year from when your divorce order became final. It is important that you seek proper legal advice as soon as possible (including while contemplating separation).

The lawyers at Mathews Family Law & Mediation Specialists Melbourne have extensive experience negotiating property settlements for couples who have a substantial asset pool, such as a major property/share portfolio or a family business. We understand both the emotional and the commercial implications of splitting assets. We are committed to ensuring a fair settlement is achieved as quickly as possible, we aim to reduce the time taken and therefore the cost to you.

Mathews Family Law is a law firm based in Melbourne. Please contact us on +61 3 9804 7991 to speak with a family lawyer from our law firm today. You can also send through your enquiry online now and we will contact you shortly.