Achieving a property settlement can be a long process. Early provision of honest and accurate information and having realistic expectations can greatly reduce the pain.

Divorce and separation is not easy. With this in mind, I turn your attention towards the property settlement.

A property settlement involves the division of marital assets between separating partners. This can be a highly emotional process and as such both sides can become vindictive. If this happens, the process is all the more painful and drawn out.

Despite the obvious difficulty, an amicable approach is always favourable – especially where children are involved.

If an amicable settlement cannot be reached, you will need to involve the courts. The courts will require, among other things, the following:

  • A detailed list of all marital assets, liabilities, income and superannuation, to include agreed values or appropriate valuation evidence in support
  • Details of assets, liabilities, income and superannuation that each partner brought to the relationship
  • What contributions each partner made to the accrual or preservation of assets etc during the relationship.
  • The length of the relationship
  • Details of care provided to any children from the relationship
  • Details of any personal behaviour that might affect settlement e.g. gambling or drug addiction.
  • Age and health of each partner

If this information is provided to your solicitor in advance, he or she may be able to mediate an agreement without recourse to court in the first instance.

If you have any questions regarding family law or require assistance with a property dispute, feel free to email me at or call 07 5444 1022 to book a free initial family law consultation.