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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.

Divorce

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.

Children

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.

Learn more about parenting plans and information about child support.

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.

Divorce and separation enquiries

Online

Email .

By phone

Call 1300 352 000 (Monday–Friday, 8.30am–5.00pm).

Ending a civil partnership enquiries

Online

Email , we reply to online enquiries within 2 business days.

By phone

(Phone lines open Monday–Friday, 8.30am–4.30pm)

Local call* 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
International +61 7 3405 0985 (+10 hours UTC)

*Costs may be higher from mobile phones and interstate.

Legal help or mediation information

If you need legal help or mediation, the following organisations can assist:

For more information on how to apply for divorce, visit:

Last updated
7 September 2016

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