your divorce order is your official proof of divorce
how do i get a replacement divorce order
If you need a replacement divorce order, you will need to complete a ‘Document request form'. The process of applying for a replacement divorce order (and the fee and processing time) depends on when you were divorced.
If you were divorced after 1 January 2002 you will need to contact the court on 1300 352 000 to find out where to file your request and the appropriate fee.
Divorced before 1976
The current family law system was established in 1975. Prior to 1975 the individual states of the Commonwealth of Australia administered applications for and the granting of divorce. If you were divorced before 1976, you will need to contact the local court in the State or Territory in which your divorce was granted.
Divorced between 1976 and 2001
If you were divorced between 1976 and 2001, your divorce records may be archived. To find out where to file your request – and the appropriate fee payable, you will need to contact the Court on 1300 352 000.
If your divorce file is archived it can take 7–10 working days (from the day the Court receives your request) to receive your divorce order by post. If you need your divorce order urgently, you can request urgent processing which can take up to 3 days. An additional fee will be payable in these circumstances.
If your divorce was granted after 2001 you can obtain your divorce order by attending a family law registry, where, on provision of the document request form and payment of the fee, your request will be processed on the spot. If you can't attend a registry, you can post the form and the requisite fee to:
National Enquiry Centre
GPO Box 9991
Parramatta NSW 2150
allowing 2 days for processing and appropriate additional days for posting back to you.
If you are unable to attend a registry but need your divorce order urgently, send your request in an express post envelope, and include another self-addressed express post envelope to help speed up the process.
Disclaimer : This article provides basic information only and is not a substitute for a professional or legal advice. It is prudent to obtain legal advice from a family lawyer.