Sayer Jones can assist you in obtaining a Divorce in Australia by taking care of the preparation and lodgement of your application, and attending on your behalf at a Court hearing to ensure approval.
When Can I Get A Divorce?
The Family Law Act 1975 as amended established “no fault based divorce” in Australia. Accordingly, the only grounds necessary to enable you to apply for a divorce is the irretrievable breakdown of your marriage, as evidenced by 12 months’ separation.
It is possible for parties to be separated for 12 months even though they have spent part of that time separated under one roof. Additional evidence is necessary to corroborate that separation under one roof has occurred, usually in the form of supporting affidavit material which we can prepare on your behalf.
How To Get A Divorce
After you and your spouse have been separated for a period of 12 months, application can be made to the Federal Magistrates’ Court of Australia. If there are children of the marriage aged under 18 years, the Court will only grant a divorce if it is satisfied that ‘proper arrangements are in place’ for the welfare of the children.
Who Can Apply For A Divorce?
It is possible for you and your former spouse to apply for a divorce together jointly. If your spouse will not agree to a joint application, it is still possible for you to apply for a divorce on your own; however it will be necessary for the Divorce Application to be served on your spouse. We can take care of all service requirements on your behalf.
The Divorce Process
After filing your Application with the Court, and if necessary serving your former partner with the Application, a Divorce Hearing is usually allocated four to five weeks later. Once a Divorce Order has been granted at the Divorce Hearing, the divorce will become final and absolute one month and one day later. This is an important consideration if you intend to remarry.
It is important to note that becoming divorced does not of itself resolve financial matters or children’s issues between you and your former spouse. Similarly, if you only wish to deal with property or children’s matters upon final separation, it is not a requirement that you also apply to be divorced. However, be aware that proceedings in relation to the division of property must be commenced within 12 months of the divorce becoming absolute (or at a later time with leave of the Court).
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