Applications for both the Federal Circuit Court and the Family Court are filed in the Family Court Registry. (Applications for consent orders can only be filed in the Family Court.) An original and two copies of the application must be filed.
The court keeps the original application and returns to the applicant the other stamped copies, on which the hearing date has been noted. A stamped copy of the application must be served on the respondent (the person against whom the proceedings are being taken). If the application is to be contested the respondent must prepare a document called a Response.