Family Law Report - 9 Issues of Family Separation
Issue 8: Time Limitations
It is important to know that in both de facto and marriage relationships, there are time limits which apply in relation to both property and spousal maintenance.
Most couples who separate, resolve their property/financial issues well and truly prior to their divorce.
If you are married, application for property and spousal maintenance must be made within 12 months of your divorce becoming final. Later applications require special permission from the Court but this permission is not always granted.
If you were in a de facto relationship your application for property settlement must be made or filed within the Court within 2 years of the separation of that de facto relationship.