The end of a relationship can be a traumatic experience. Emotions are high and you have to navigate how to unravel years of co-living including dividing assets; child custody arrangements and even rearranging living arrangements. Each separation and divorce is unique so it is important you receive legal advice from an experienced divorce lawyer for your specific circumstances.

Divorce requirements in Victoria

In 1976, with the Family Law Act, Australia introduced no-fault divorce. Now the only requirement for a divorce in Victoria is the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. To prove the breakdown of your marriage apply you and your ex-spouse have to separate for 12 consecutive months. 

Separation before divorce

Separation is when you and your ex-spouse stop living together as a couple and lead clearly separate lives. 

Unlike marriage and divorce, there is no legal process for separation. You can either live in different homes or under the same roof while separated. However, if you ‘separate under one roof’ you have to provide evidence of your separation in the event you file for a divorce. Seeking legal advice from an experienced Geelong divorce lawyer will ensure your ‘separation under one roof’ evidence is solid enough for your divorce proceedings. 

Geelong divorce lawyers 

As experienced divorce lawyers in Geelong servicing the Bellarine Peninsula and Surf Coast, we can assist you through the divorce process. Our experienced family lawyers will work with you to unravel your relationship fairly (whether you are married or de facto). We aim to make sure you get a fair, equitable outcome whilst minimising the stress of the proceedings by explaining everything in detail to you. 

And as a full-service law firm, our legal expertise can be relied on for affairs that may be impacted by your divorce such as:

  • Parenting arrangements
  • Child support 
  • Custody arrangements
  • Binding financial arrangements 
  • Wills & Estates matters such as Will updates or superannuation death benefits
  • Property matters such as the sale of the family home or purchase of new homes

Without a doubt, there are many difficult decisions to make when you get divorced. Having a compassionate family lawyer help you navigate the experience will help. Contact the divorce lawyers at Whyte, Just & Moore at (03) 5222 2077 or email to set up an appointment to discuss your specific circumstances. We know that divorces are not a one size fits all situation which is why we offer compassionate and customised legal advice for every client.