If parents reach an agreement in relation to parenting arrangements, there are two ways in which the agreement can be formalised - either by way of Court Orders made by consent or by entering into a Parenting Plan.
Property Proceedings, Divorce and Time Limitations
You don't have to obtain a divorce order before seeking a property settlement. But if you have already obtained a divorce order, there are time limits for initiating proceedings in relation to the division of property.
Costs Orders and Settlement Offers in Family Law Matters
The usual starting point is that each party shall bear his or her own costs of proceedings under the Family Law Act. The Court can, however, make a costs order if it is the Court's opinion that there are circumstances to justify it.