Couples whose marriage lasted for less than two years are required to attend counselling before they can apply for a divorce. The aim is for the parties to first exhaust all efforts towards reconciliation.
If the counselling fails, meaning the parties have not reconciled, a counselling certificate will be issued by a family counsellor and attached to the application for divorce. The certificate will state that the party has ‘considered reconciliation with the assistance of a specified person, being a family counsellor or other nominee.’
The applicable law provision is found in Family Law Act 1975 Sect 44 (1B)(A) which basically states that parties who have had less than 2 years of marriage cannot file a divorce application, unless with leave of court, if they have not undergone counselling which is evidenced by a certificate.
This certificate states: