1. You wont be eligible to be legally aided to resolve property matters, unless there is a pilot running in your state - there is currently a Small Property Pool Pilot running where the asset pool is less than 500k. Property matters you only get one off advice usually from a clinic.
2. If you are both on the title to the home, or have other assets that are jointly owned, you don't apply for a divorce because you will want to access the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia if you cant resolve how to split the assets. You only have one year from date of divorce to do that.
3. As of last year, parties must take genuine steps to resolve property matters, which effectively means mediation is compulsory. There are community based mediation services in each state. If you cant pay the bills, and he wont come to the party voluntarily (either through mediation or discussions), you may have no choice but to get a lawyer involved
4. You may be eligible to be legally aided if there is dispute in relation to children - there is a means and merits test. For children's matters, again mediation is basically compulsory before going to court although there are exceptions. Legal Aid conducts mediations if you are legally aided (note that you dont need to go through Legal Aid to be legally aided). There are some good parenting apps around.
5. There is a DIY kit on the family court of australia website for property matters. It sets out the information you are going to tell you lawyer, which is essentially key dates, names of parties, the asset pool. contributions (financial and non financial), future needs etc. Superannuation can also be split, but is considered a separate to the asset pool. Maybe start filling it out.
6. I dont know anything about your matter, but if there are domestic violence issues Legal Aid will be able to assist with that as well.
7. There is a new website called amica which has been designed to help parties come to an agreement regarding assets. I think Legal Aid designed it.
8. You will need a binding financial agreement or consent orders if you come to an agreement, and one or the other is removed from title. This is to avoid stamp duty.
9. Depending on whether this is a high conflict separation, you may be advised to sever the tenancy if it is a joint tenancy to become tenants in common. You can then update your will and in the event you predecease your ex that half of the home would form part of your estate.
Cant think of anything else. Good luck.
[This message edited by VezfromTaz at 9:34 AM, Friday, September 9th]