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My wife have been separated 18 months we sold the house and

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My wife have been separated 18 months we sold the house and split what was left a month ago.... But now I'm not sure if our marriage was legal we got. Married in the USA and found out she was not divorced at the time,, She was still married here in Australia our 18th anniversary will be nov 2, I want out, of the marriage
Thanks
TERRI Bryant
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Australia Law
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Her divorce went through about a month after we got married
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Leon replied 1 year ago.

Good Morning

My name is ***** ***** I am a NSW Solicitor. Thank you for your question, and will do my best to assist you with your question. Please understand this is not legal advise Please understand this is not legal advise but a guide to assist you.

If you have evidence of the previous marriage and that she did not get a divorce before she married you, then you can apply for an annulment here in Australia.

In the US you can report her to the police and they will have her charged.

She should not have married you until the divorce had gone through.

You can apply for an annulment if you wish here.

Here is some information and it applies to all states of australia

https://www.legalaid.vic.gov.au/find-legal-answers/separation-divorce-and-marriage-annulment/marriage-annulment

I hope this makes sense and is of assistance. If there is nothing further

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Leon

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for your help as angry as I am and not just about her not being divorced , there are other things but they are done,
I don't need to see her arrested she is 68 It would serve nothing I'm not after revenge... Just an annulment or divorce will be fine. I just want to be clear of her I want to start life over and do not want her checking everything I do to see what I'm doing with the little bit of money I have after we split the sale of our house... I don't want her to say that half of what I manage to start building up should go to her
Thanks again
Terri Bryant
Expert:  Leon replied 1 year ago.

Good Morning

In relation to the property settlement if the property is in Australia the law will apply the following steps

1. Consideration of whether a property settlement is necessary

The first important consideration for the Court is to determine whether or not it is actually necessary to proceed with a property settlement.

In the vast majority of cases, the Court will decide that it is just and equitable for there to be a property settlement or a change in the ownership of a property. However, in some cases, the Court will decide that each party should simply keep what they presently own.

This may be because:

  • the parties have decided to keep their financial affairs and arrangements totally separate throughout the relationship;
  • the relationship was of a very short duration; or
  • the parties separated many years ago and have organised their affairs on the basis of an informal agreement since that time.

2. Identify and value the assets and liabilities

This involves compiling a list of all assets and liabilities (including superannuation) that are in the individual and/or joint names of you and your former spouse/partner, and attributing a value to them.

Values can be approximate or may be determined by way of a formal valuation, as they should be as accurate as possible. The result should be a table of assets and liabilities which your solicitors will use to determine the value of the total asset pool to be divided.

It is also standard practice to establish what the asset pool was when you first started living together (which may have occurred prior to marriage) to work out any increase in asset values and to establish what each party brought into the relationship (referred to as initial contributions).

3. Assess contributions

Once an asset pool has been established, your solicitor will ask questions about each party’s contributions to the asset pool.

Contributions can be:

  • financial (such as by way of income, mortgage payments or inheritances);
  • non-financial (such as labour to undertake renovations); or
  • by way of being a homemaker and parent.

Contributions are usually calculated as a notional percentage, such as 50/50 or 60/40.

4. Assess “future needs”

Once contributions have been assessed, your solicitors (or the court) will consider what are referred to as the “future needs” of both parties. These include:

  • the age and health of the parties;
  • the earning capacity of the parties;
  • whether one party will have the care of young children;
  • the duration of the marriage or relationship; and
  • any other relevant consideration.

The assessment of future needs will impact the notional percentage reached in Step 2, so that the percentage split of the asset pool may increase or decrease in favour of one or other of the parties to take into account any relevant future needs factors.

5. Is the division of assets just and equitable?

Taking each of the previous steps into account, your solicitors, or the court, will then consider whether the final division of assets as proposed by the parties is just and equitable in all of the circumstances. This may involve assessing the practical effect of any proposed division of the asset pool.

It is form the following link

http://www.landers.com.au/publications/family-and-relationship-law/property-and-financial-settlements-following-separation-or-divorce/

Good luck with it all