Serve Divorce Application
Getting divorced is a process. The Federal Circuit Court (which is absorbing the Family Law Court) is where you apply for a divorce, in Australia. Once applied for, and processed ('sealed' by the court, meaning they have stamped it with the court stamp and assigned a date for hearing), the application is generally served on the other party. We are process servers, which are the frequently used option for serving a divorce application. When you need to serve divorce application, use a process server, phone 1300 966 103, email email@example.com, or 24/7 Contact Us, free quotes.
The general requirements (and all general requirements can be adjusted in specific cases, often by application to the court) are that you are separated 12 months, that a divorce application is made to the court, in writing. It may be submitted electronically, through the court portal, mailed in, or submitted at the court house in person. Once the forms are submitted, and the fee to the court paid, the divorce application is processed. This is referred to as sealing the application, because the court seal (stamp) is applied to the document (electronic versions do not receive a stamp in quite the same way). The sealed copy is what is served to the other party. The divorce application has a court date set, there is a requirement to serve the divorce application 28 days clear of that court date, to give the other party sufficient time to respond, should they desire to do so; if it is apparent that the divorce cannot be served within time frames you may return to the court, and ask for an extension, a new court date, alternately you serve the divorce, and accept that the court date will be moved back to give the other party 28 days clear to respond, should they choose. It is not generally acceptable to fail to meet the 28 days clear guideline. The court has an online presence that describes the divorce process in more detail. That the document has been served correctly is signified by an affidavit of service, by the server. If using a process server it becomes irrelevant (although desirable) if the other part signs the acknowledgement of service. For other forms of service the failure to sign, and return, the acknowledgement of service (e.g. you posted them to the last known address of the other party, they didn't post an acknowledgement back) renders the service ineffective.
For most divorce applications the process is complete when you serve the divorce application prior to the 28 days clear cutoff, and a correct Affidavit of Service is returned to the court (the Acknowledgement of Service may accompany it, if they sign). The court process becomes a 'rubber stamp'. Where the other party lodges some objection, or avoids service, the process becomes harder. Using a process server should avoid some of those issues (and various judges have 'quirks' about how they like things, which can add to the difficulty). We are experienced, when you need to serve divorce papers.
To serve divorce application, serve divorce papers, serving divorce papers, is a difficult thing. Some rely on friends and family, which places strain on them, because they have no experience of the court system, the document service requirements. We are licensed process servers, we serve court documents, we have a network across Australia, of experienced process servers, document servers. When you need to serve divorce application, to serve divorce papers, you need a process server, contact us.
Serving divorce papers, serving a divorce application, serving Family Law documents, is part of what we do. We are experienced in this process, which should make it easier for you.