How Long Does It Take To Get A Divorce In Australia?

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To get a divorce in Australia, there are some conditions that must first be met before you are legally allowed to file your divorce application.

• Your marriage must have broken down irreversibly;
• You must have been separated from your spouse for a minimum of 12 months; and
• You must have arranged proper arrangements for the welfare of the children of the marriage

If you satisfy the above requirements, a divorce Application can be prepared and filed. Getting a divorce in Australia is a fairly quick process and if handled efficiently can take about four months for the divorce to actually happen and be granted by the judiciary court, right from the first date of filing your application for divorce with the court in Australia, until when a divorce order is issued by the court. This will be one month and a day after the date of your divorce hearing provided your divorce is granted on the day of its hearing. It is possible for your divorce to take longer than four months should there be any difficulties in serving your spouse with court sealed copies of the divorce application.

NOTE: Do not arrange to re-marry without ensuring you have allowed enough time for your divorce to be finalised and until you have actually received the divorce order from court. This is illegal. If you try it, then you have committed bigamy.

It might interest you to know that there is no way to remarry in Australia without having a court sealed copy of your divorce Order. To ensure your divorce proceeds as fast as possible, see to it that you properly perform all the procedural steps. Otherwise, your divorce application will be delayed.

However, if you are not confident in properly executing all the steps or you would like your divorce application to be processed as fast as possible, then it is advisable you hire the service of an experienced family law lawyer.

Need expert advice on your divorce proceedings? Contact Armour Allen Lawyers to book an appointment. We offer a first interview free at no cost and no obligation.

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