How long will my divorce take to be approved?
Understand the timeline for your divorce: filing an application, court hearings, and post-finalization steps. Learn about the 6-8 week process, legal requirements, and next steps after your divorce is finalized.

How long do I have to wait for my hearing after filing my Application for Divorce?

When you file your Application for Divorce and supporting evidence the Court will list it for a hearing on a date usually at least 6 to 8 weeks from the date that the Application was filed. This then allows you time to serve the other party with all of the filed documents if you have filed a sole rather than joint Application for Divorce.

How much time do I have to serve the other party with the filed documents?

This should occur at least 28 days before the hearing date because they must do that within 28 days if they intend to respond or object to the Application.

What if the other party is overseas?

It becomes more complex if the other party is overseas because in that circumstance they have 42 days to file an Response to the Application.

What happens if I don’t serve the other party in time?

In either case though, if the person has not been served at least 28 or 42 days before the hearing there is a risk the Application will be adjourned to allow that to occur. Before the hearing you will need to make sure that you have proven personal service has occurred by filing a signed Acknowledgement of Service if this has been signed by the other party and an Affidavit of Service if it is a sole Application for Divorce.

Do I have to serve the other party if a joint Application for Divorce was filed?

If you have filed a joint Application for Divorce there is no requirement for service to happen but you should let the other party know that it has been filed, the Court date and whether you need to attend or it is being heard in absence.

How will my divorce be granted?

Either way whether it is a sole or joint Application for Divorce (providing the Court is satisfied that the Application meets the Courts criteria for a Divorce Order to be made and where applicable the other party has been served), the Court will make a declaration that the Divorce is granted then and there.

When will the Divorce Order be issued?

The Court then waits one month and one day to issue the Divorce Order and from the release of the Order you are divorced.It is important to note that if property settlement has not already occurred, that you have 12 months from the date that the Divorce Order is effective to either file an Application for Consent Orders for property, sign a Binding Financial Agreement or to commence proceedings by filing an Initiating Application for property Orders.

If you are seeking legal advice specific to your matter, contact us on 07 2113 4645 to schedule your initial consultation with one of our Solicitors.
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