Divorce comes with a lot of emotional strain. This may come with factors such as legal proceedings and financial disagreements. Such strain may only be increased if the couple chooses to separate under one roof.
For some separated couples, living under the one roof may be convenient in the short term, but can cause legal implications. It is not generally advised for ex-couples to remain living together as this may lead to further issues and take a toll on the emotional and psychological wellbeing of either party.
However, we do acknowledge that these circumstances may occur. So here is some information to make you feel more prepared for this situation.
Legal Pitfalls - Property Settlement
One of the most important legal pitfalls that may arise is determining the actual date of separation, and parties may be in dispute over this.
De Facto couples. De Facto couples must commence a property settlement within two (2) years of separation.
Married couples. Married couples must have been separated for at least one (1) year prior to applying for a divorce. The separation date may also affect property settlement matters, where either of you have sold or gained assets prior to separation.
Separating under one roof - legal advice
If you are separating under one roof, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible. The lawyer will help you navigate the changes behind the below proceedings:
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