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Nullity

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A decree of nullity is a legal statement asserting that a marriage is not valid. This is available in circumstances where a marriage is void or voidable. Unlike divorce, it is not necessary to have been married for three years to obtain a Judgment of Nullity.

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Nuptial agreement

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An agreement made before or during a marriage that seeks to do one or both of the following:

  • Regulate the couple’s financial affairs during the relationship
  • Determine how their assets should be divided in the event of divorce, dissolution or separation.
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Plaintiff

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A person who starts the divorce proceedings and. This person then becomes “a party” to the proceedings. Once papers are sent to the other person(s) involved or their lawyer, they are referred to as the Defendant (to the application).

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Post-nuptial agreement

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An agreement entered into by a couple during their marriage that seeks to do either or both of the following:

  • Determine how their assets should be divided in the event of divorce or separation
  • Regulate their financial affairs during the marriage.
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Pre-nuptial agreement

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Also known as an ante-nuptial agreement or a pre-marital agreement. An agreement entered into by a couple before their marriage has taken place, that seeks to do either or both of the following:

  • Determine how their assets should be divided in the event of divorce or separation
  • Regulate their financial affairs during […]
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Separation

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The informal termination of the relationship between spouses living together in the same household. Separation may or may not be followed by judicial separation or divorce.

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Separation agreement

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An agreement made when a couple are contemplating imminent separation or have already separated. The agreement sets out the agreed financial arrangements for the period of separation and usually sets out how the couple’s finances should be divided on a subsequent divorce.

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Unreasonable behaviour

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Is a fact which may be used to prove the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage and secure a divorce.

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Void marriage

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A marriage which is not valid and is treated as though it never existed.

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Voidable marriage

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A marriage that is missing one or more of the normal elements of a marriage. A voidable marriage exists until a decree of nullity is obtained.

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