It makes no difference whether you are married or living in a de facto or same sex relationship, all women are legally entitled to a fair share of the property when a relationship ends. Some women forgo their entitlements to avoid a lengthy and bitter dispute and to choose freedom over money—however they often end up worse-off financially. This financial inequity may also become particularly obvious in later life.
Working out what you are entitled to can be a complicated and drawn-out process, particularly if you are unable to come to an agreement with your partner. Even if you are agreeing and getting on well with your partner, it is still important to seek legal advice so that you understand what your entitlements are. You’ll then be in a better position to realistically plan for the future.
This guide provides information on preparing a written agreement between you
and your ex-partner about arrangements for your children. It discusses consent
orders, parenting plans and parenting orders. It also explains all the steps you
need to take if you choose to ask a court to formalise your agreement.