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Step-by-step guide icon Step by step guide - Preparing for the hearing

Alert IconIf you need help preparing for Court, you should get legal advice. You can also see the Duty Lawyers at the Court registry. 

Step 1: Check your court date, time and location

You should check:

  • your hearing date and time
  • the address of the Court
  • how long it will take you to get to Court
  • where to park your car
  • your bus or train timetable.

You can find the date, time and location of the hearing on the Application for Divorce. 

Hint iconIf you have trouble remembering important dates, set yourself a reminder. 

Step 2: Organise for someone to care for your children

You should organise someone to care for your children while you are at Court.  You should be prepared to be at court for several hours. Children are not allowed to go into the courtroom.

Step 3: Organise your documents

You should take all of the documents that have been filed with the Court to the divorce hearing. 

Hint iconMake sure they are organised so it is easy for you to find them. You may want to put them in a folder and mark them with tabs. 

Checklist iconChecklist: What to take to the hearing  

Step 4: Read your documents

Before you go to Court, you should read your own documents so you can remember what you told the Court. 

The Court will ask you questions about what you have said in your documents. You need to be able to answer these questions. 

Step 5: Read your spouse’s documents

You should take the time to read any documents your spouse has filed with the Court so you understand their case.

The Court may ask you questions about what your spouse has said in their documents. You need to be able to answer these questions. 

Step 6: Plan what to say at the hearing

Before you go to Court, you should write down:

  • what you want to tell the Court about your case
  • what you want to tell the Court about your spouse’s case 
  • any questions you have for the Court.

This will stop you from forgetting anything important. 

Hint iconYou may want to make a note of, or highlight, any important information in your documents, for example, your date of separation or child’s school. Make sure you can find important information quickly. 

Alert IconIf you change your name after filing your Application for Divorce, but before the divorce hearing, you must inform the Court. 

Before you attend the hearing, you may want to familiarise yourself with the courtroom and the people in it. 

For information about where to sit and what the courtroom may look like, see Who’s who in Court

Step 7: Arrange support person and interpreter

You can bring a support person with you to court. This may be a friend or relative. Your support person will not be allowed to speak for you or sit at the bar table with you.

If you need an interpreter you should arrange one before the hearing.  An interpreter will not be booked by the Court. 

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