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中文     22nd May 2022

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Divorce: Plain English Guide


You can get a divorce if your marriage has broken down beyond repair. Generally, you must have been separated for at least 12 months. You do not have to be living in different houses to be considered separated. If you have children under the age of 18 years, you will need to have proper arrangements in place for the children.


There is a number of supporting documentation that you will require in order for your lawyer to process your application which include:

  1. Marriage Certificate (with translation if not in English)
  2. If neither party is born in Australia, proof of citizenship, residency or visa with passport proof evidencing you have been in Australia for the last 12 months


Your divorce takes effect one month and one day after the divorce Order is made. After that, you will generally have 12 months to bring an application to Court to divide your property.


Your application for divorce can be made on your own (single application) or, together with your ex-partner if you both agree (joint application). If you are making a single application and there are children involved, you or your lawyer will need to attend Court either in person or by telephone.

Single Applications

Step 1: Complete and file an Application for Divorce

Step 2: Serve your divorce Application on your ex-partner no less than 28 days before the hearing date.

Step 3: Have your ex-partner complete an acknowledgment or affidavit of service

Step 4: Divorce Hearing (attend if you have children)

Joint Applications

Step 1: Complete and file a Joint Application for Divorce

Step 2: Divorce Hearing

Note: The steps involved may vary slightly depending on individual circumstances

For advice about child support contact us on 1800 300 170 or email us at famlaw@matthewsfolbigg.com.au


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