Many parties now only divorce for their own personal reasons or if they wish to remarry.
A divorce does not have to occur for a property settlement to be undertaken. Many parties undertake their divorce application sometime after their property settlement. However if you are planning to divorce application then a small piece of advice is, to not lose track of your former spouse. If you have no idea where they live or how to contact them, then the divorce application can become an expensive process, in simply trying to locate your ex spouse and have them personally served.
Effect of Divorce
If a divorce has occurs and the parties have not affected a property settlement, then they have one year from the date of the divorce order becoming final to file proceedings seeking a property settlement; the same limitation does not apply to parenting proceedings, which in effect have no limitation (save for the children becoming adults). If you have divorced and have not settled your property affairs then you should approach a lawyer about filing proceedings, simply to protect your interests.
Applying for Divorce
To apply for a divorce you or your spouse must have been separated for 12 months. More information on meeting the requirements for a Divorce or applying can be found here.