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Divorce Applications

Applying for a divorce can be a very emotional time, so let us take the stress out of your divorce application. We make complex divorce matters simple.

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Helping you apply for a divorce

Applying for a divorce after separating from your partner can take an emotional toll. We will help take the stress out of the process and guide you through the divorce application using simple terms. We will make sure you have prepared your application correctly and have all the necessary supporting documents.

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Ensuring any disputes are resolved smoothly

When disputes arise during a divorce, the process can take a setback and become more complicated. A family lawyer can help resolve any disputes in an amicable fashion and make sure the process is clear so both parties can proceed through the process as smoothly as possible.

Dispute Resolution

Providing advice if children are involved

Divorce can be particularly emotionally draining if children are involved. We will help you come to the most suitable conclusion that puts the wellbeing of your children first. We want to help you reach a decision together that will benefit both parents and any child or children involved.

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Helping settle and finalise the divorce

Settling and finalising a divorce is the final step to help you move on with your life. A family lawyer can assist you in reaching this point as quickly as possible so you don’t experience any unnecessary time delays or undue stress. We can make sure you avoid any potential issues during the divorce process that may cause your application to be adjourned or dismissed entirely.

Frequently asked questions

A divorce is an order from the court that dissolves a marriage between two people, recognising that they are no longer married. The divorce process in Australia is a ‘no-fault’ system that means neither party must provide reasons as to why they wish to divorce.
In order to file for a divorce, you must prove that you and your ex-partner have been separated for 12 months and one day.
You can apply for a divorce by filling in an online form. It is helpful to seek legal advice during this step to ensure you have filled out the form correctly. Once you have completed the form, you must swear or affirm the form in front of a lawyer or Justice of the Peace. This means that you have attested the validity of the form. You must then file your application to the Family Law Registry.
The current fee for filing for a divorce in Australia is $900. However, you may be eligible for a reduced fee of $300 if you have a health care card, pensioner concession card, seniors’ health card or any other card issued by the Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs that certifies your entitlement to Commonwealth health concessions. You may also receive a reduced fee if you are under 18 years of age, have been granted legal aid, are receiving youth allowance, are an inmate of prison or are experiencing financial hardship.
It will take at least four months to obtain a divorce certificate, however if you are encountering problems with your ex-partner, the process may take longer. Seeking legal aid can help the process flow more smoothly and quickly. You should not plan to remarry until you have received your divorce certificate.
Separation under one roof refers to a couple that have separated but continue to live in the same house. This arrangement could be for days, weeks or years following the initial separation. If the parties have lived separated under one roof for the required 12 month and one day period, they may also be required to submit further information to the court to validate the situation.
If you have children under the age of 18, the court may postpone the divorce until arrangements can be made for the children. The details of these arrangements must be explained to the court before the divorce can proceed.
You are free to revert to your maiden name after a divorce without asking the permission of your partner, however in order to change your child’s surname, both parents must agree.

Why choose us

We will tell you the truth at all times

We will be honest with you about your prospects of success, issues that arise or the commercial viability of your matter. The first time you come to see us, we will tell you whether you even need a lawyer.

We will respect you and your situation

Our job is not to judge anything you may have done. Our job is to guide your matter and actions moving forward to give you the best possible outcome for you, both legally and personally.

We will listen and understand your needs

We will hear not just what you want to achieve, but why you want to achieve it. We will tell you what you need to do to achieve the outcome you are after, legally, practically and emotionally.

We will stand by you all the way

Your matter doesn’t finish once a court order has been made. We will stay on your matter right up until all of the outstanding issues have been dealt with and the court orders are complied with.

We can help you through your divorce.

Forge Legal’s divorce lawyers are specialists in all areas of family law and can assist you with all legal matters in your divorce/separation.

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