Important: Application for Consent Order Forms Updated

The Courts have updated the Application for Consent Order. After 7 June 2024, earlier versions will no longer be accepted. If filing in the Family Court of Western Australia the earlier versions of the Application will no longer be accepted after 4 June 2024.

If you have generated an Application for Consent Orders using amica, please ensure you file the Application electronically on the Commonwealth Courts Portal before 7 June 2024, or the eCourts Portal of Western Australia before 4 June 2024.

All Applications generated in amica after 7 June 2024 will automatically be updated for filing, or 4 June 2024 for WA.

Navigating Divorce in Australia

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Divorce is a significant life event that can be emotionally challenging and legally complex. In Australia, the process of ending a marriage is governed by specific laws, and it's essential to understand the steps involved. In this blog post, we'll break down the divorce process in plain English and introduce a valuable resource, amica.gov.au, to help you navigate this journey.

Understanding the Basics:

Eligibility for Divorce: To file for divorce in Australia, you need to meet certain criteria. You or your spouse must be an Australian citizen, live in Australia, or consider Australia your permanent home. Additionally, you must prove that your marriage has broken down irretrievably and there is no reasonable likelihood that you will get back together.

12-Month Separation Period: A crucial requirement for divorce is a separation period of at least 12 months. This means you and your spouse must have lived separately for at least one year before applying for divorce. It's important to note that living separately does not necessarily mean residing in different homes.

Applying for Divorce: Once you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply for divorce online through the Federal Circuit Court website. The application includes details about your marriage and separation, and you'll need to pay a fee, unless you're eligible for a concession.

Service of Documents: After filing your application, you'll need to serve divorce papers to your spouse. This can be done by mail or in person, and it's crucial to follow the correct procedures. If your spouse is in agreement, they can sign an acknowledgment of service form.

Court Hearing: In most cases, divorces are granted without a court hearing. However, if there are children under 18 involved, the court may require a hearing to ensure their best interests are considered. The court will grant the divorce if satisfied with the evidence provided.

Introducing amica.gov.au:

amica is a helpful online resource which is designed to assist couples going through separation or divorce. Developed by National Legal Aid, amica.gov.au provides easy-to-understand information about the legal aspects of separation, including property settlements, parenting arrangements and divorce applications. It's a valuable resource for gaining insights into your rights and responsibilities during this challenging time.

Online Dispute Resolution: amica provides a secure platform for couples to work through their arrangements online. This can be particularly helpful in resolving disputes related to property, finances, and children without the need for a court appearance.

Legal Assistance: While amica.gov.au doesn't replace legal advice, it can be a great starting point for couples seeking guidance. If you need further assistance, it's always advisable to consult a family lawyer.

Separation is a significant life transition, but with the right information and resources, the process can be more manageable. By understanding the steps involved and utilising a tool like amica.gov.au, couples can navigate the complexities of separation in Australia with greater clarity and confidence. Remember, seeking reliable information is important and amica.gov.au is here to complement that journey.

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