Yes, there are time frames for family law matters as outlined below:
- De facto relationships – The limitation period for filing an application for property settlement or maintenance arising from a de facto relationship is two (2) years from the date of separation.
- Divorce– There is no time limit by which an Application for Divorce must be brought, however, no Application for Divorce can be brought unless there has been a period of 12 months of separation between the parties. That period of separation may be under one (1) roof.
- Property settlement – The limitation period for bringing an application for property settlement for couples that have been married is 12 months from the date of divorce, however, an application can be brought at any time prior to this date and after separation.
- Spouse maintenance – The limitation period for bringing an application for spouse maintenance is identical to that for property settlement for married couples. Any application should be brought within 12 months of divorce, but maybe brought at any time prior to that date and after separation.
- Appeals – The limitation period for bringing an appeal of any Order of the Family Court or Federal Circuit Court may vary depending upon the type of Order to be appealed or reviewed. Some Orders require an appeal or review to be lodged within seven (7) days and others within twenty-eight (28) days of the making of the Order. If you require further information in relation to appeals or reviews, please contact us to discuss your situation.