Work out whether you can apply
Get instructions on how to apply for a divorce
Divorces are now lodged electronically and information about this process can be found on the Federal Circuit Court's website (see How do I apply for a divorce?).
After you have filled out the application you will need to sign it in front of a Justice of the Peace or lawyer.
Gather supporting documents
File the application and supporting documents
Make two photocopies of the application and supporting documents.
The easiest way to file a divorce application in South Australia is to either take or post it to the Family Law Courts Registry at:
Roma Mitchell Commonwealth Law Courts Building3 Angas Street, Adelaide SA 5000GPO Box 9991 Adelaide SA 5001
You will need to pay a filing fee by cash, cheque, money order or credit card.
If you are paying by credit card, you can use the Credit Card Payment Form.
The court stamps and returns the copies which have the date of the hearing recorded on them.
Serve the application and supporting documents
If you are making an application on your own, you will need to serve the other party.
Do you know the whereabouts of the other party?
If not, you will need to do what you can to find out.
You may need to consider making an application for substituted service or dispensation of service. You would need to file an Application in a Case and an Affidavit. You should get legal advice.
You can call the free Legal Help Line on 1300 366 424 if you need advice or help with your divorce application.