A complete guide to Divorce Process in Australia

divorce process in australia

The divorce process in Australia involves several steps and requirements, which we will outline below:


To apply for divorce in Australia, you or your spouse must meet certain criteria. You must have been separated for at least 12 months and intend for the separation to be permanent. Additionally, either you or your spouse must be an Australian citizen, live in Australia and regard Australia as your permanent home, or be domiciled in Australia.


The first step in the divorce process is to complete and file an Application for Divorce form with the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia. You can do this online or a divorce lawyer can assist you with this. You’ll need to provide information about your marriage, separation, and any children of the marriage.

Service of Documents:

After filing the application, you must serve a copy of the divorce application on your spouse. This can be done by mail or in person. If you’re unable to locate your spouse or they’re unwilling to accept the documents, you may need to apply to the court for permission to serve the documents in another way.

Waiting Period:

Once the application has been served on your spouse, you must wait for the hearing date that was allocated to you while filing your divorce application. This waiting period allows time for your spouse to respond to the application if they wish to do so.

Court Hearing:

If there are no objections to the divorce, and no children noted on your application and all requirements have been met, you may not need to attend a court hearing. However, if your spouse contests the divorce or there are other issues to be resolved, you may need to attend a court hearing where a registrar will consider your application.

Divorce Order:

If the court is satisfied that all requirements for divorce have been met, it will grant a divorce order. This typically takes effect one month and one day after the court hearing, assuming there are no appeals.

Finalising Financial and Parenting Arrangements:

It’s important to note that divorce only deals with the legal ending of the marriage. Separate arrangements need to be made regarding property division, spousal maintenance, and parenting arrangements for any children of the marriage. If these matters cannot be resolved amicably, they may need to be decided through mediation or by the court.

The above information is general information only and It’s recommended to seek legal advice from a family lawyer to ensure that your rights and interests are protected throughout the divorce process. Pannu Lawyers appear daily at the Parramatta, Sydney and Dandenong Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia in family law matters. Our office is located in the heart of Blacktown.

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