Thinking about getting a divorce? Let us help you understand the basic divorce process
With one in every three marriages ending in divorce in Australia, sadly for many people it’s inevitable they might be a part of this startling relationship statistic.
If you think your marriage may end in divorce, there are many ways to make the process as easy as possible.
We’ve outlined a few basic concepts for getting a divorce in Victoria to be aware of before you start the divorce process.
How long do you need to wait to get divorced?
You need to have proof that you’ve been separated from your partner for at least 12 months and 1 day before the courts will review your application for divorce. This helps to show that your differences are permanent and that this is the best thing for your family.
What do we do with the children?
When children under 18 are involved, the court will need to see proper arrangements being made for long term child care before they grant a divorce. They also need to make sure that both parties will hold up their end of the agreement.
How much does a divorce cost?
This is a very tough question; it will all depend on how long and drawn out your circumstances are.
If you are simply going through an application process of a divorce, the cost of the application is currently $865 or $290 if you are eligible for a reduced fee, excluding our fees for preparing the application, serving it on the other party, and representing you at any court hearing in relation to the divorce application. A reduction in court fees may be available to:
- concession card holders
- people granted legal aid
- inmates in a federal institution.
With these fees in mind, if you have:
- a court proceeding
- custody battle
- asset split and
- a messy disputed divorce
Then the court costs and cost of legal representation will increase dramatically.
Get as much information as possible
The best way to undertake a divorce is to speak with qualified and experienced family lawyers. They understand your rights, responsibilities and obligations to the letter of the law
This will prepare you for the process and understand what your costs financial, personally and mentally could be.
Have you been involved in a divorce or are you thinking about getting a divorce? Let us know your thoughts and questions below.