FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What is SPLIT?
A: SPLIT is a do-it-yourself, cost effective online solution to resolving the Financial and Parenting aspects of your divorce. You and your ex partner enter your details and SPLIT then calculates the outcome of how much each of you should receive. You and your ex partner then divide your assets and liabilities to match the outcome and create your own agreement without needing a lawyer.
SPLIT uses the same process to determine the financial outcome as the Family Court. It also includes the tools for you to create a parenting plan outlining how your children will spend their time with each parent and who is responsible for ongoing maintenance. Once completed, SPLIT prepares your final agreement ready for online filing at the Australian Federal Circuit Court web site.
Q: How do I apply for divorce?
A: To obtain a dissolution of marriage (divorce) you must have been separated for 12 months and 1 day or longer. Divorce proceedings are best undertaken online at The Federal Circuit Court of Australia web site and the application cost is $910 unless you can apply for a hardship discount.
These divorce proceedings do not finalise you and your ex partners Financial and Parenting arrangements which must be filed separately and are covered by SPLIT. By using SPLIT and doing it yourself you can avoid the high legal fees commonly charged by lawyers to finalise your Financial and Parenting arrangements and create your own legal agreement to complete your divorce.
Q: How do I legally formalise my SPLIT financial/parenting agreements?
A: Once you and your partner have completed the SPLIT process and printed your DIY financial and or parenting plan agreements you should formalise these to make them legally binding. The filing of your SPLIT agreements is done online on the Family Court of Australia web site where you use them to apply for consent orders.
Q: Will I need to engage a solicitor?
A: SPLIT is not a legal service, we are a DIY service that will help you and your ex move through and resolve your divorce process. Some of our members do choose to use a professional mediator to assist them instead of a lawyer. If you have difficulty in resolving matters together then you can take your SPLIT documents to a lawyer to complete the process as a last resort.
Q: How long will my divorce take using SPLIT?
A: This is entirely up to you. No timeclock is set. A divorce can be emotionally challenging and the SPLIT team understands that each person will need to set their own pace. Most members complete the Agreement within a few months.
Q: Should I invite my partner to SPLIT?
A: SPLIT works best when you invite your partner to join and collaborate with you. We provide the easy to use tools you both need to reach agreement on all your financial and parenting matters. As you both work work through the process you are prompted to agree on each aspect of your divorce. You can still use SPLIT without your partner to generate an agreement but it will not benefit from joint input.