Beware of divorce post-Christmas rush

Family lawyer Catherine Leach advises couples to seek advice before separating.
Family lawyer Catherine Leach advises couples to seek advice before separating.

Ms Leach said January and February were busy months for the team at Leach Legal because couples with children often wanted to stay together for Christmas.

‘From a psychology point of view I can see the merit in it but my biggest concern is people getting the wrong information,’ she said.

Self-managed superannuation expert Stephen Kostarales from The Wealth Designers in West Perth said he always advised clients to meet him pre-settlement to discuss the best outcome for both parties.

‘Every time you’re getting divorced you have to split the assets. The first one is the biggest divorce because it’s usually much longer,’ Mr Kostarales said.

‘People are getting a lot smarter about when they’re going into their second or third marriage; they keep their assets separate so they’re protected.’

Mr Kostarales said women needed to be aware of the increasing equitable trends in the law, as homemakers could find themselves being forced back into the workplace after a divorce.

He said the courts were making wives take more responsibility to start working again.