• Commercial Law

    Commercial Law

    We are business people as much as we are lawyers. We will take care of the legal documents so you can confidently run your business.
    As your business grows, its risk profile and governance challenges will change. We partner with our clients over the long term to ensure they are in the driver’s seat for success.

  • Dispute Resolution

    Dispute Resolution

    We are in your corner when the going gets tough. Having resolved over 6,500 disputes for business owners have seen it all before.

    Whether you need a skilled negotiator or a fearless litigator, we specialise in delivering commercial results when:

    Customers refuse to pay;
    Suppliers let you down; and
    Business Partners do the wrong thing.

  • Employment & Safety

    Employment & Safety

    The biggest challenge for any business owner, is managing their employees.

    A difficult employee can make you question why you got into business in the first place and be toxic to your team morale.

    We deliver proactive solutions to manage your team via employment contracts, policies and procedures as well as handling employment disputes when they arise.

  • Property & Construction

    Property & Construction

    Property is the key most wealth in Australia.  Whether you are buying, selling, leasing or developing property, you need a lawyer you can count on.

    We can advise on the whole property development process from obtaining finance to development approvals, construction and sale or leasing.

    We also act for the Master Builders Victoria and have extensive expertise in construction contracts and disputes.

  • Family Law

    Family Law

    At Taurus Legal Management we understand the unique challenges clients encounter during family disputes, especially when children are involved. Our family lawyers specialise in handling high-asset cases with a focus on protecting clients wealth, securing their family’s future, and safeguarding the best interests of their children.


It is crucial to dispel a common misconception: there is no strict time limit set by law for resolving family law property matters in Australia.

Unlike some other legal matters, such as personal injury claims or criminal cases, family law property matters do not have a specific statute of limitations that mandates a resolution within a defined period.

The Need for Timely Action

While there may not be a fixed time limit, it’s important to recognise that a delay in addressing family law property matters can have consequences. Several factors highlight the significance of timely action

  1. Changes in Circumstances: Over time, financial circumstances of both parties may change. These changes can impact the value of assets, the ability to pay spousal maintenance, and other relevant aspects of the case.
  2. Stale Evidence: Memories fade, documents get lost, and financial records become outdated. Acting promptly helps preserve the quality and accuracy of evidence.
  3. Emotional Closure: Timely resolution allows individuals to move forward and achieve emotional closure sooner, minimizing the stress and emotional toll of prolonged legal battles.
  4. Cost Efficiency: Delay can lead to increased legal costs as cases become more complex over time. Resolving matters promptly can potentially save both parties money.

Indirect Time Constraints

While there is no explicit time limit, there are indirect time constraints that can affect family law property matters:

  1. Commencing Proceedings: Initiating proceedings within a reasonable time after separation is advisable. Although there is no strict limit, waiting too long may impact the court’s perception of the case.
  2. Property Settlement after Divorce: If parties are divorced, they have a 12-month window from the date of the divorce order to apply for a property settlement. While this can be extended in exceptional circumstances, it underscores the importance of taking action in a timely manner.
  3. Cohabitation Time Limits: If parties were in a de facto relationship, there is a two-year time limit from the date of separation to apply for a property settlement. Again, extensions may be granted in certain situations.

While there is no fixed time limit for family law property matters in Australia, the importance of timely action cannot be overstated. Delaying the resolution of property matters can lead to complications, increased costs, and emotional strain.

It is crucial for you to seek legal advice, initiate proceedings, and work towards a resolution sooner rather than later.

If you would like to talk about resolving your family law matter, make an appointment with our Family Law Partner, Nicci Bilinsky on (03) 9481 2000 or info@tauruslawyers.com.au.

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