What time limits apply in family law matters?

If you are or were married, you must apply to the Family Court for property settlement and or spousal maintenance within 12 months of the date your divorce order takes effect.

If you are or were in a de facto relationship, you must apply to the Family Court for a property settlement and or spousal maintenance within two years of the date you separated.

Subject to the requirement to participate in Family Dispute Resolution there is no time limit in relation to when you can make an application to the Family Court in relation to children’s issues.

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