Divorce or separation

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When a marriage or relationship breaks down, you may need to think about how this can affect your super.

You don’t have to be married to have a ‘Spouse’

If you’re a UniSuper member, we recognise a spouse as being a person who:

  • you are legally married to
  • is in a relationship with you (whether of the same or opposite sex), and the relationship is registered under an Australian state or territory law, or
  • is in a relationship with you (whether of the same or opposite sex), and you live together on a genuine domestic basis as a couple.

Splitting your super

Super is considered to be a type of property by the family court. Once you separate or become divorced, you and your ex-partner may split your super by agreement, or by court order – the same way as many other assets.

The Australian Family Law Courts has more on superannuation splitting:

Review and update beneficiaries

If you are getting divorced or separated, you should review any beneficiaries you have nominated – either non-binding beneficiary nominations or binding death benefit nominations.