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Going to the hearing

Whether you have to go to the divorce hearing depends if you: 

  • made a sole or joint application
  • have a child under 18 years old with your spouse
  • filed a Response to the Divorce 
  • are seeking substituted service or to dispense with service. 

This section covers:


    When you have to go to the hearing

    Joint Application

    If you and your spouse file a joint divorce application, you don’t have to go to the divorce hearing (even if you and your spouse have a child under 18 years old), unless you have said you will attend in your application. If you don’t go it’s important to check what happened at the hearing.

    Sole Application

    If you file a sole application, you don’t have to go to the divorce hearing if:

    • you and your spouse don’t have a child under 18 years old, and
    • your spouse does not respond to your Application for Divorce.

    You should consider going if there are any complex issues, for example, separation under one roof, it was a short marriage or there are problems with the marriage certificate.

    You have to go to the divorce hearing if:

    • you and your spouse have a child under 18 years old
    • your spouse responds to your Application for Divorce
    • you have filed an Application in a Case for Substituted Service or Dispensation of Service Orders, or
    • you selected you want to attend. 

    Response to Divorce

    You will need to attend the divorce hearing if:

    • you filed a Response to Divorce and oppose the divorce
    • your spouse filed a Response to Divorce after receiving your divorce application.  

    Attending by telephone or video link 

    You can ask to attend the divorce hearing by telephone or video link if it is difficult for you to attend in person. 

    To do this, you must:

    • inform your spouse that you will be asking the Court to attend by telephone or video link, and
    • file a Telephone/Video link attendance request form at least five business days before the hearing at the Court registry where the hearing will take place. You can download a copy of the Telephone/Video link attendance request form from the Federal Circuit Court of Australia website. 

    It is up to the Court whether to grant your request or not. 

    Alert IconYour safety is important.  If you feel unsafe or are experiencing any violence, contact the police, a domestic violence counsellor or get legal advice.

    Icon - sample/instructionsInstructions: Instructions for completing a Telephone/video link attendance request

    Icon - sample/instructionsSample: Sample Telephone/video link attendance request

    Preparing for the hearing

    It is important that you prepare for your divorce hearing so you can tell the Court about your application and answer the Court’s questions. 

    You should read the documents that have been filed with the Court and plan what you want to say. 

    Step-by-step guide iconStep by step guide: Preparing for the hearing 

    Safety concerns

    If you are concerned about your safety, you should tell the Court staff at least five working days before the hearing so that they have time to make arrangements to protect your safety. 

    This can include:

    • use of the safe room
    • a separate entry and exit point from the Court
    • allowing you to have a support person 
    • allowing you to give evidence by video or audio link
    • closing the Court to the public 
    • excluding certain people from being in the Courtroom. 

    If there is an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) in place concerning you and your spouse, you should have included information about this in your application. If you didn’t, you should get legal advice. 

    For more information, see Do you have fears for your safety when attending court? on the Federal Circuit Court of Australia website. 

    Going to the hearing

    At the divorce hearing, the Court will consider the documents that have been filed by you and your spouse and anything you want to say and then make a decision. 

    The court may decide to:

    • grant a Divorce Order
    • adjourn or dismiss your application
    • make Substituted Service or Dispensation of Service Orders
    • make any other Orders.  

    Step-by-step guide iconStep by step guide: Going to the hearing 

    Picture of the parties in the courtroom