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Withdrawing your Application for Divorce or Response to Divorce

If you have filed an Application for Divorce but have changed your mind, you can withdraw your application before the divorce hearing. If you withdraw your Application for Divorce you won’t be able to get a refund.

If you filed a Response to Divorce and you no longer want to oppose or amend any errors in the Application for Divorce, you can withdraw your response before the divorce hearing.

Alert IconBefore withdrawing an application or response, you should get legal advice.

This section covers:

    Withdrawing your Application for Divorce or Response to Divorce

    To withdraw your Application for Divorce or Response to Divorce you must file a Notice of Discontinuance. 

    You can download a copy of the Notice of Discontinuance form from the Federal Circuit Court of Australia website. 

    When you complete the Notice of Discontinuance, you must include:

    • the location of the registry 
    • your full name and your spouse’s full name
    • the name of the person(s) filing the notice
    • the name of the document your application refers to, for example Application for Divorce 
    • the date you filed your application 
    • the orders you do not want the court to make.

    Once you have completed the Notice of Discontinuance, you must sign and date it. You do not need to get your signature witnessed by an authorised person. 

    Icon - sample/instructionsInstructions: Instructions for completing a Notice of Discontinuance 

    Icon - sample/instructionsSample: Notice of Discontinuance 

    You can file your Notice of Discontinuance online via the Commonwealth Courts Portal or at a Court registry. 

    If you file your documents at a Court registry, you must file the original Notice of Discontinuance, and two copies - one for yourself and one for your spouse. The Court will keep the original. 

    If the hearing is not vacated after you have filed a Notice of Discontinuance, you should attend the hearing to ensure that no Court Orders are made in your absence. 

    Alert IconYou should file your Notice of Discontinuance at least 14 days before the court hearing date. If you file your Notice of Discontinuance less than seven days before the hearing, you must ask the Court’s permission to withdraw your Application for Divorce or Response to Divorce. To do this, you must attend the divorce hearing. 

    Alert IconIf you and your spouse have filed a joint application, but only one of you files a Notice of Discontinuance, the other applicant can still ask the Court to make a divorce order (and an order for costs). 

    If this happens, the person who filed the Notice of Discontinuance will become the respondent, and the divorce hearing will go ahead. 

    Serving your spouse

    You must serve your spouse with a copy of your Notice of Discontinuance as soon as possible. 

    You can serve your spouse by:

    • delivering your Notice of Discontinuance to their home address
    • sending it via registered post
    • fax
    • email – if email address provided in address for service
    • sending it to their Lawyer – if  their Lawyer has agreed to accept service. 

    You do not need to serve your spouse by hand, but you can if you want to. 

    Alert Icon If your spouse is overseas, there is a different process you must follow to serve them with your Notice of Discontinuance. For more information about how to serve your spouse overseas, see Serving a legal document across international borders on the Attorney-General’s Department website.

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