Family Law – Separation

What is separation?

There are no formal steps to take or paperwork to fill in to separate from your spouse. You are separated when one party decides that the relationship is over, communicates that to the other party, and then makes changes to are consistent with no longer being a couple.

This might involve one person moving out, or it might be that you continue to live in the same home, but as a separated couple. That is called being separated under the one roof.

It is important that organisations like Centrelink are made away of your relationship change, and there are likely to be some friends and family who should be told about your changes.

It is important that you make a note of the date that you separated as there are time limits that are calculated from that date.