When a couple separates, they can choose to ‘split up’ their superannuation entitlements as part of the greater property settlement.
Splitting your super does not convert the superannuation into readily available cash; law still applies whereby you generally cannot access superannuation until you reach retirement age. The act of splitting is generally where a portion of a party’s superannuation is ‘rolled over’ into the other party’s superannuation account (if with the same fund) or transferred to the other party’s fund.
Superannuation splits are often used in situations of limited assets where one party wishes to retain the matrimonial home – thereby allowing for a balanced and fair settlement.
It is possible to request your spouse’s superannuation information from your spouse’s superannuation fund trustee.