Online Divorce with Coulter Roache is the affordable divorce option that still gives you the support of a leading Family & Relationship Law firm. It helps to remove complexity, reduce stress and lower the costs of the dissolution process. Our experienced Family & Relationship Law team has now helped a number of clients successfully apply for an Online Divorce in Australia.
Coulter Roache can also offer you a no cost 30 minute initial consultation to discuss your situation with an experienced family lawyer. Click here to get started.
What is Online Divorce?
An Online Divorce application is a far cheaper option when compared to a formal divorce procedure. It allows you to lodge the necessary paperwork online with the guidance of a family lawyer from Coulter Roache. It is a suitable option for married couples who have both agreed to the divorce and are willing to work together to negotiate terms, as well as for those who are applying for a sole Online Divorce. Once the application is completed, you will be fully supported from start to finish by one of our experienced lawyers for an affordable fixed fee.
Once your application has succeeded, you will be granted an Divorce Order. If you have considerable and complicated assets or the divorce isn’t agreed to by both parties, talk to Coulter Roache about legal guidance on initiating formal divorce proceedings.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who can get an Online Divorce?
Married couples that have been separated for at least 12 months or more can apply for an Online Divorce.
Plus, either you or your spouse must:
- Be an Australian Citizen
- Have lived in Australia for the previous 12 months
- Regard Australia as your home and intend to live here indefinitely
If you have been married for less than two years, you will need to file a certificate from a marriage counsellor or an affidavit explaining the circumstances of why you are unable to attend counselling (for example, in circumstances of family violence or where one spouse is unable to be located). Read more about divorce eligibility here.
How long does it take to get a Divorce in Australia?
When you file your Divorce Application online, a date for a Divorce Hearing will be allocated. You do not need to attend court unless you have made a sole application and you have a child with your spouse under the age of 18 years. The Divorce Hearing will typically be between 1 to 2 months from the date of filing your Divorce Application. If a Divorce Order is made, the Order does not come into effect until 1 month and 1 day after the hearing. As long as there are no complications, it could be granted in 2 to 4 months but may be longer.
How are assets divided in a Divorce?
A Divorce Order in Australia is a set of orders separate from the division of the assets of your marriage, also referred to as a property settlement, or the parenting arrangements that will be put in place for your children. A Divorce Order simply ends your marriage but does not divide the property of your relationship.
If you require advice on the division of your property, parenting matters or spousal maintenance in Australia, Coulter Roache offer a no cost 30 minute initial consultation to discuss your situation with an experienced family lawyer.
What are grounds for a Divorce in Australia?
You can apply for a divorce without a lawyer in Australia. However, it is important to note that the Court has specific rules about how the Application is drafted, serving your former spouse with the Application and when appearances in Court will be necessary. These rules must be complied with before the Court will grant a Divorce Order. If there are children of the marriage you must attend the divorce hearing or arrange for a lawyer to attend on your behalf.
It is recommended that you engage one of our experienced family lawyers to assist you with your Divorce Application to ensure that all the relevant requirements are met and there are no delays or extra costs.
If you and your spouse have children under the age of 18, if there was a separation under one roof, or if there was a period of reconciliation we highly recommend you engage a lawyer to assist you with your application.