Post Separation Contributions
The contributions made by each party will be assessed at the date of trial (or at the time that a consent order or financial agreement is finalised), and not at the date of separation.
For that reason, as the title suggests, contributions made in the post-separation period (i.e. from the date of separation to the date of property settlement) will be relevant to negotiations or to the determination made at a final trial.
Post-separation contributions include the following:
1. Financial contributions made directly or indirectly by you or a party on behalf of you (for example, a relative), to the acquisition, preservation and maintenance of property;
2. Non-financial contributions made to the acquisition, preservation and maintenance of property other than by way of a financial contribution, for example by working unpaid in a family-owned business, or renovating the family home; and
3. Contributions made for the welfare of the family (including parenting and housekeeping).