Ending a marriage, de facto relationship or civil partnership
You should always get legal help when you end a marriage, de facto relationship or civil partnership (previously called registered relationship)—especially when you have children and joint property.
The Federal Circuit Court of Australia looks after all divorces.
De facto relationships
To officially end your de facto relationship, you need to inform your ex-partner.
You do not have to:
- apply to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia
- fill in any forms
- receive a separation certificate.
If your marriage or civil partnership breaks up and you have children, then you will want to make sure you and your ex-partner have organised appropriate care for your children.
Money, property and possessions when your relationship ends
The court approaches dividing assets and debt the same way whether you are divorcing, ending your de facto relationship or civil partnership.
Read more about property and money after separation at the Australian Family Law Court website.
End a civil partnership
Your civil partnership (previously called registered relationship) ends if you or your partner passes away, marries or applies to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to end the partnership.
You and your ex-partner can apply individually or together to end the civil partnership.
Withdraw my application to end a civil partnership
You can withdraw your application within 90 days of lodging it.