Applying for a divorce yourself?
First and foremost – I am not providing you with legal advice. All I am going to do is show you where to get the forms from so that if you are applying for a divorce yourself you can. Secondly however for my own protection you should always seek the advice of an independent and qualified lawyer before acting on anything we say.
Before we start make sure you have a pen and paper ready so that you can take notes.
To download the forms you can go to: www.federalcircuitcourt.gov.au
Up the top you will see a toolbar and the third one along is “Forms”. Click on that and under that you will see “Do it Yourself Kit” and from there select “Application for Divorce”.
Once you have downloaded it you will be able to print it out and complete it. The Do It Yourself Kit it quite thick – the form is a lot shorter than that so don’t be overwhelmed when you download it. The kit contains an explanation of what each component of the form means and is a great reference if you have questions when you are completing the form. The form itself contains quite basic questions but it is always a good idea to get it checked over from you lawyer before you send it off. I am on the view that 30 minutes of your time now is much better spent then having to redo it all again if the Court sends it back because it hasn’t been completed properly.
Once you have done that please make sure you take the time to read the information at the front of the pack as it will tell you what you need to know to file it with the Court and the steps that need to be taken afterwards. If you are applying for a divorce yourself and you do have questions please please go and seek independent legal advice. It may appear simply on the face of it but it is much better to have it done correctly in the first instance then having to re do it again later.
I hope you have found this useful – for more free information and resources please come over to www.ourchildren.com.au