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Use this checklist to help you remember everything you need to do to apply for a divorce up to attending the hearing. For more information, see Applying for a divorce.
This checklist is not legal advice. Not all of the actions or directions in the checklist will apply to your case. If you are don’t know what to do, you should get legal advice.
If you don’t provide the court with all the necessary documents, your application may be adjourned or dismissed.
If you don’t serve your spouse, your application may be adjourned or dismissed.
You don’t need to serve your spouse if you file a joint application.
There are special rules you must follow to serve your spouse in prison.
You must serve your spouse at least 28 days before the court hearing, if they are in Australia. If your spouse is overseas, you must serve them at least 42 days before the court hearing.
If you served your spouse by hand, you must file:
If you served your spouse by post, you must file:
If you are unable to serve your spouse, you must make an Application for Substituted Service Orders or Dispensation of Service Orders. You can apply for:
To do this you must file an: