I need to prove we are divorced - how do I do that?
I need a divorce replacement or proof of divorce?
The divorce document you received from the Court is an official and original proof of divorce. If you require proof of your divorce you will receive a document that is the same as we issued at the time your divorce was finalised. If you are a third party and require proof of divorce you will receive a divorce certificate. All divorce replacements are official and original divorce documents. The Proof of Divorce form can be found in the forms section of this website.
If your divorce was granted in Western Australia you will need to contact the Family Court of Western Australia.
If your divorce was granted outside of Australia you will need to contact the relevant court in the country where the divorce was granted.
How do I obtain a divorce replacement or proof of divorce?
You will need to complete the proof of divorce form and pay the fee as advised on the form. Proof of divorce will be posted to you (including overseas) at the address provided on the form. The proof of divorce cannot be emailed to you as it is an original document.
If you e-filed your application for divorce through the Commonwealth Courts Portal you can log in and print a divorce order. All divorce orders contain an electronic seal and signature. You can use this document to prove your divorce. Once you are logged in you can search your file number and select "view orders" to print your divorce.
If your divorce was finalised after 13 February 2010 you can register and log into the Commonwealth Courts Portal and print a divorce as shown above. You will need to know your file number and client ID. If you do not know these details please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include your full name, date of birth and name of your ex-spouse so we can search our case management system and provide you with these details.
If you are a third party wanting proof of divorce or a search of our records, you need to complete the proof of divorce form and pay the fee as advised on the form. You will be notified if no record of divorce is found. Please note there is no refund of the fee if a record of divorce is not found.
Please note that when you contact the courts using email, the content of your message as it is transferred across the internet may not be secure. If you have a concern about the security of your message you are advised to post your forms. If you contact the courts using email the courts may respond by email and does not take responsibility for the security or privacy of the content of the message as it is transferred over the internet.
If the divorce was prior to 1975 you will need to contact the Supreme Court in the state or territory where the divorce was granted. The current family law system was established in 1975 and prior to this, the Supreme Court administered applications for and the granting of divorce.
How much will it cost to get proof of divorce?
There is a $30 service fee. This covers searching the courts' records, printing the document (if a record is found) and postage. Payment must accompany each request for proof of divorce. You will be notified if a record of divorce is not found. Please note there is no refund of the service fee if a record of divorce is not found.
Methods of payment accepted:
Post: Cheque (bank or personal) or money order made payable to "Family Court and Federal Circuit Court".
Post or email: Credit/debit card - Visa or MasterCard - you must complete and sign the Credit Card Payment form.
Post form and payment to:
National Enquiry Centre
Family Law Courts
P.O. Box 9991
PARRAMATTA NSW 2124
How long will it take to get proof of divorce?
The court will endeavour to send your proof of divorce as soon as possible once we have received your request and payment. Please allow 10 working days for processing. Please take into consideration time for posting.