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Kate Escobar

Our comprehensive approach to your family matter puts the step of Divorce into the bigger context.

Divorce is the legal ending of your marriage; it is separate from a property settlement or arrangements for the children. We can assist obtain a divorce efficiently.

Unless registered as a civil union, de facto partners may bring certainty to the ending of their relationship by formally separating their financial interests.

We can guide you through this process with arrangements in or out of court.

Divorcing your spouse needs to take place 12 months after your relationship ‘ends’.  The end may be before one of you moves out.

Once divorced, you must start Court proceedings or sign an agreement to settle your property rights within a further 12 months.


  • “Family law conflicts are very difficult to negotiate both personally and to the non-lawyer confronted by the confusing legal system. Having previously had a very bad experience, we felt supported and properly advised in our journey through the family law system and continue to be most grateful to Kate and to Nic for providing us with state of the art professional and personal advice.”


    Clovelly, NSW

  • “When we bought our business in 2009, Nic Clayhills professionally guided us through the process to completion, there was no stone left unturned. Four years later and Nic’s due diligence is invaluable. When we engaged Clayhills Escobar we didn’t understand that we would be forming one of our most important business relationships. Nic, over the years, has successfully advised and represented us. I could not recommend Nic more highly.”

    Mike Dungan

    Kizmazz Pty Ltd

Common Divorce Questions

  • Do I have to be Australian to divorce?
    No, You can apply for a divorce in Australia if either you or your spouse regard Australia as your home and intend to live in Australia indefinitely or have lived here for 12 months.
  • Do one of us have to move out to divorce?
    No, if you can show you lived separately ‘under one roof’ for at least 12 months and it is unlikely you will get back together.
  • What if I want to divorce but not split property yet?
    You have 12 months from divorce to finalise your property separation or start legal proceedings.  If you are in a de facto relationship that period is 2 years from relationship end.
  • When does the relationship end?
    There are occasions when it is hard to decide when the relationship ended, this is important because so many consequences flow from that event.  We can clarify when the court is most likely to decide it ended.