If you've been charged with an offence by the prosecution service and a court date is looming, thoughts may be racing through your mind. If this is the first time that you've been through such an experience, you will imagine the worst. You will envision an outcome that may involve a substantial fine that you can't afford or even jail time. Yet before you get too carried away and endure any more sleepless nights, you should talk things through carefully with a solicitor.
In Australia, you cannot initiate divorce proceedings until you have been separated from your spouse for at least a year. Thus, the first step to dissolving your marriage would be cutting marital ties with your partner. A misconception that some people have is that they will need to move out of the marital home for their separation to be in effect but this is untrue. You may be surprised to learn that many couples maintain their living arrangements during a separation!