My partner and I have just separated. Do I need to get a divorce?

A divorce is the legal dissolution of a marriage by a court.  Parties need to be separated for 12 months before they can apply for a divorce.  Whilst it is important to get a divorce, you may need to be thinking about a property settlement, which is the severing of the financial relationship of the parties.  Dividing assets such as a house, car, superannuation or other monies is a property settlement.   The division of assets of the parties is determined on contributions made by each party throughout the relationship.  The length of a relationship can also be a significant factor.