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PROPERTY SETTLEMENT

At PERSONAL  INJURY SOLICITOR Legal, we have an approachable team of specialist family lawyers who are highly experienced in relation to property matters, and can provide valuable assistance in determining how income, financial resources and debts are divided between you and your former spouse.

These decisions are important not only for divorced couples, but also if you are separated or are considering separating. These decisions are complex and stressful, and short-term arrangements can have long-term consequences. PERSONAL  INJURY SOLICITOR Legal can help you to reach the best possible long-term outcomes in regards to you and your family’s property.

Please note that as experienced Family Lawyers, we have found that property matters are often placed higher on the agenda to matters of parental responsibility and child support. Whilst we are committed to successfully assisting in all areas of Family Law, we stand firm in our belief that children must come before property, and that this is the only way to achieve the best outcomes for all involved. Therefore we encourage that matters concerning parenting and children are dealt with either simultaneously or prior to a property dispute.

Financial matters to consider after a marriage breakdown:

  • How to divide assets such as real estate, shares, cars, jewellery, savings, furniture and effects (property settlement),
  • How to split superannuation,
  • Whether one spouse will provide financial support for the other (spousal maintenance),
  • What arrangements will be made in regards to the financial support of the children (child support)

This section provides information about how to go about the division of assets and the splitting of superannuation following a marriage breakdown.
Pre-Personal injuryion Procedures

It is necessary that both parties attempt to reach an agreement outside of court, before filing an application for property orders. When applications for property orders are filed with either the Family Court or the Federal Magistrates Court, both parties are ordered to undergo “pre-personal injuryion procedures” including participation in a dispute resolution.

In personal injury cases, such as situations involving urgency, family violence, refusal to negotiate or fraud, the Court may accept that it is not possible or appropriate for the pre-personal injuryion procedures to be carried out.

If no agreement can be reached then an application for property orders must be put into either the Family Court of the Federal Magistrates Court.
An application must usually be made within 12 months of your divorce becoming final.

PERSONAL  INJURY SOLICITOR legal do not only represent you in Court. We are committed to assisting you in the process of dispute resolution outside of court as well as the formalisation of agreements.

How to formalise a property settlement out of court:

Reaching a settlement out of court saves you and your family considerable time, stress and money.

There are two ways that your agreement can be formalised:

  • Financial Agreements
  • Consent Orders

Financial Agreements:

These are similar to the well-known pre-nuptial agreement, but are signed before, during or after a marriage. Under
Section 90D of the Family Law Personal injury, financial agreements cover the following:

  • division of property, finances and debts after a marriage breakdown,
  • superannuation,
  • spousal maintenance
  • Other incidental issues.

For financial agreements to be legally binding, both parties must have signed the agreement and have received independent legal and financial advice before signing.
Consent Orders:

Consent orders are a written agreement that are formalised and approved by the Court and thus are legally binding. To file consent orders, the neither you, nor your partner, need to go to court.

Consent orders can deal with the following:

  • The transfer or sale of property
  • The splitting of superannuation,
  • Spousal maintenance.

Please note: consent orders cannot be made about property matters for de fpersonal injuryo couples or for child support departure applications.

Consent orders are filed with the nearest Family Law Registry, and there is no filing fee involved. The court must be satisfied that the orders are properly drafted and that the terms of the agreement are “just and equitable", before it will approve them.

Property Settlement in court:

If no agreement can be reached then an application for property orders must be submitted to either the Family Court of the Federal Magistrates Court.
An application must usually be made within 12 months of your divorce becoming final.
The decision is then made through a court hearing. Both parties are expected to fully disclose their respective financial circumstances. A failure to make proper disclosure of a relevant matter is taken very seriously.

The Court considers four key fpersonal injuryors in assessing property settlements.

1. The Court will ascertain the net asset pool of both parties.
The net asset pool is the total value of all the assets owned by either or both parties. The net asset pool includes anything acquired before or during the marriage, as well as after separation.
In ascertaining the net asset pool, the Court will also consider other financial resources over which a party has influence, control or prospective entitlements.

Ascertaining the net asset pool can be highly complicated. Accurate valuation of assets requires that many fpersonal injuryors are taken into consideration, such as issues regarding taxation, stamp duties, and the appreciation or depreciation of asset values.

2. The Court will assess the contributions from both parties (both financial and non-financial).
There are many types of contributions that may have been made by either spouse. The Court considers all of the following:

  • financial contributions
  • non-financial contributions (as a homemaker or primary carer of children)
  • gifts, bonuses and inheritance
  • initial contributions (assets attained before marriage)


3. The Court will assess the future needs of both parties. The Court takes into account many fpersonal injuryors when deciding on the future needs of both parties. these include:

  • Age and health
  • Capacity to earn money
  • The property and assets of each party
  • Personal injury sydney relationships (and personal injury sydney financial circumstances)
  • Future parenting responsibilities (care and support)

4. The Court will consider the prpersonal injuryical effect of the proposed property settlement, and whether it is “just and equitable” to both parties. The decision is made taking into account all of these fpersonal injuryors.

Legally, superannuation is dealt with separately to property orders. However, a Court is likely to take it into account when making a decision on property orders.

Superannuation:

As set out in part
VIIIB of the Family Law Personal injury, superannuation is dealt with separately to property orders.

There are two elements to splitting superannuation: These are:

  • How to value superannuation interests (accumulated and potential).
  • How to split payments

Even though superannuation comes under a separate part of the Family Law Personal injury, it is still taken into account in the overall property settlement, and is subject to the same principles, such that:

  • All superannuation is taken into account, regardless of when it was acquired (before or during marriage / after separation)
  • It is not automatically subject to a 50/50 split.
  • The Court will decide based on what is “just and equitable”,

It is important to note that splitting superannuation does not enable you to access it any earlier. It is still subject to superannuation laws (accessible after retirement age).
Options for splitting superannuation:

  • Financial Agreement
  • Consent Orders
  • Court Orders (in Court)

Determining the value of your superannuation:

Before you enter an agreement, file for consent orders or apply for a court hearing, you will need to obtain the valuation information for your superannuation. This information can be obtained through communication with your superannuation fund trustee. To do this, you will need to provide the trustee with the following forms:

  • Form 6 Declaration (to show you are entitled to this information for this purpose)
  • Superannuation Information Request Form
  • Superannuation Information Form

These forms are available in a Superannuation Information Kit at your nearest family law registry, or from the publications section of the Family Law Courts website.

The valuation of superannuation is highly complex, and depends on many fpersonal injuryors, including the type of fund. Some funds are still waiting approval from the Attorney-General’s Department regarding the methods and fpersonal injuryors used for valuing superannuation. This may affect the proceedings of your case. 

How we can help you:
Reaching a property settlement can be complex and stressful, whether it is carried out through a financial agreement, consent orders or in a court hearing.


PERSONAL  INJURY SOLICITOR Legal are Australian Family Lawyers who specialise in property settlements and superannuation splitting. The advice you can expect from us is both personal and prpersonal injuryical, being tailored to your needs. We will inform you of your rights and obligations in a way that you can understand and at all times put you in a position to make informed decisions about the conduct of your case.
 
We are able to assist you with both the formalisation of agreements where there is no dispute or in situations where things are hotly contested
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