Divorce (termination of marriage) can be an emotional and daunting process.  Some divorces, such as those where service issues are likely to be encountered, can also be complex.

Experienced family lawyers like me make the divorce process as quick and stress-free as possible, even where tricky issues may apply.


Divorce (termination of marriage) can be an emotional and daunting process.  Some divorces, such as those where service issues are likely to be encountered, can also be complex.

Experienced family lawyers like me make the divorce process as quick and stress-free as possible, even where tricky issues may apply.


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Frequently asked questions about Divorce

  • What is the divorce process in Australia?

    The divorce process in Australia involves legally ending a marriage. It typically starts with filing an application with the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia after a separation period of 12 months. The primary requirement for the Court to grant a divorce is that it is satisfied the marriage has broken down irretrievably.

    Where you divorce, you may need to resolve other matters, such as parenting arrangements and the division of your property, assets and liabilities.

  • How long does it take to get a divorce in Australia?

    The time it takes for the court to process the divorce application can vary, but typically it can take three to four months.

  • What are the grounds for divorce in Australia?

    In Australia, there is only one ground for divorce, which is that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. This means that there is no reasonable chance of reconciliation between the spouses.

    The Australian divorce system is a no-fault divorce system which means that neither spouse needs to prove that anyone was at fault for the breakdown of the relationship; just that the relationship has ended.

  • Do I need to be separated for a certain period before filing for divorce?

    Yes, you need to be separated for a period of at least 12 months before you can file for divorce. Separation looks different for everyone and while it typically involves one person leaving the shared marital home, it is possible to be separated while still living under the same roof.

  • Can I apply for a divorce without the help of a lawyer?

    Yes, it is possible to apply for a divorce without a lawyer. However, it’s often recommended to seek legal advice, especially if you have complex issues or concerns about property division or child custody.

  • How can a family lawyer help me with the process?

    A family lawyer can provide you with expert guidance and support throughout the divorce process. They can explain your rights, help you understand the legal requirements, prepare and submit the necessary documents, negotiate on your behalf, and represent you in court if needed.

    Family law matters can be complex and emotionally overwhelming, so having the support of an impartial expert can make it a lot easier to manage.

  • Will I have to go to court for my divorce?

    Going to court is not always necessary when getting divorced. In certain circumstances, such as where you have children under the age of 18 or if you’re unable to agree on matters such as child custody, support or property division, you may need to go to court. We recommend seeking legal advice if you find yourself in this situation; our support may help you to avoid court proceedings.

  • What are the potential outcomes of a divorce settlement (property settlement and/or child custody settlement)?

    Outcomes of a divorce settlement (property settlement and/or child custody settlement) can vary depending on the circumstances. Most typically property is divided and child custody arrangements are determined. Other issues, such as child support and spousal maintenance obligations can also be determined. The goal is to achieve a fair and equitable resolution that considers the needs of all parties involved, especially those of any children involved.

  • How is property divided during a divorce?

    In Australia, property division is based on the principle of “just and equitable” distribution. The court considers various factors, including the contributions of each spouse, future needs factors, and justice and equity overall.

  • What factors are considered when determining child custody and support?

    When determining child custody (parenting arrangements) and child support, the court focuses on the best interests of the child. Factors such as the child’s age, their relationship with each parent, their needs, and the ability of each parent to provide for them are taken into account. The court aims to ensure the child’s safety, welfare, and development are prioritised and if it is safe for them to do so, for the child to have a meaningful relationship with both parents.

  • How can I protect my rights and interests during the divorce?

    To protect your rights and interests during divorce, we highly recommend working with a family lawyer who can guide you through the process. They can help you understand your legal rights, ensure proper documentation and disclosure of assets, advocate for your desired outcomes, and negotiate on your behalf. It’s important to communicate openly with your lawyer and provide them with all relevant information to best protect your rights.

  • What are the alternatives to going to court for resolving divorce disputes?

    There are alternatives to court proceedings/litigation for resolving divorce disputes, such as mediation and negotiation.

    Mediation involves a neutral third party assisting the spouses in reaching a mutually acceptable agreement. Negotiation involves discussions between the spouses and their lawyers to resolve issues outside of court. These alternative methods can be more cost-effective and less adversarial than traditional litigation.

  • Will I have to pay or receive spousal maintenance?

    Spousal maintenance, sometimes also referred to as spousal support, may be payable or receivable depending on certain circumstances. Consulting with a divorce lawyer can provide clarity on your spousal support entitlement or obligations.

  • Why Choose Barram Family Law for Your Divorce Matters?

    Working with a knowledgeable family lawyer is invaluable when it comes to navigating the complicated waters of divorce. Mistakes, even seemingly minor violations of court rules or short-sighted tactics, can have significant consequences and negatively impact your future. That’s why having an experienced family lawyer is essential for a successful resolution.

    If you’re facing a difficult divorce in the Townsville and Mt Isa region of Australia, don’t leave the outcome to chance. Choose to work with the experienced family law team at Barram Family Law. We understand the complexities of divorce and are equipped to provide you with the guidance and representation you need. Our expertise in handling divorce cases ensures that your rights and interests are protected, and we strive to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your family.

  • Where are Barram Family Law’s Services Available?

    Our family law firm is based in Townsville, Queensland, and while we work with many people in the local area and surrounding region, including in Mt Isa, all of our family law services, including those related to property settlement proceedings, are available to people Australia-wide.

    Get in touch with us by calling us on 07 4426 1980 or booking a free consultation here.

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