If you are making a joint application with your ex-spouse you do not need to go to court.
If you are making a sole application and your children are under 18 and were part of the family before separation, you must go to court unless circumstances stop you from attending.
Children and property
A divorce does not sort out issues relating to children or property. These arrangements must be made separately. However, when your application, the court must be satisfied that proper arrangements have been made for the care and welfare of your children. The court will want to know where children are living and how they are financially supported, as well as information about their health and education and how much time they spend with each parent.
The court can reject a divorce application if it is not satisfied that proper arrangements have been made for the children.
What happens at court?
- A is made if you and the court is satisfied that proper arrangements are made for any children of the relationship.
- The divorce order usually becomes final one month and one day after it is made, unless the court is presented with a good reason for not granting the divorce within that time. The date the divorce order becomes final is the actual date of divorce. You cannot get remarried until the is made.
In exceptional cases the court can order a shorter waiting period between the two steps.
A copy of the divorce order is sent to you by post. You should keep it in a safe place as it is your proof of divorce.
If you are on a pension or benefit, or have a Health Care Card, then you can apply to pay the reduced fee. You can also apply to pay the reduced fee if paying will cause financial hardship. See the Federal Circuit and Family Court website for the .
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Reviewed 07 April 2022