I need to prove we are divorced - how do I do that?
The proof of divorce process allows you to request a search of the records of the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. Where a divorce can be proven, you will be provided with an official document that serves as proof that a divorce was granted and finalised.
Before you request proof of divorce records
If the divorce was granted in Western Australia you will need to contact the Family Court of Western Australia to obtain proof of divorce.
If the divorce was granted outside of Australia you will need to contact the relevant court or authority in the country where the divorce was granted to obtain proof of divorce.
If the divorce was granted prior to 1976 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 with the Family Law Act 1975 and prior to this Supreme Courts administered applications for and the granting of divorce.
What will I receive?
If you are a party to the divorce you will receive the same document that was issued by the court when the divorce was finalised.
If you are a third party you will receive a divorce certificate.
If the divorce cannot be proven you will be notified.
Can I use the Commonwealth Courts Portal to obtain proof of divorce?
You may be able to obtain proof of divorce from the Commonwealth Courts Portal at no cost if you were a party to the proceedings AND the divorce was finalised after 13 February 2010. If you are already registered Login Now and go to your file then select Divorce > Court Events and Orders > View Orders to print your divorce.
If you are not registered Register Now. To be able to print your proof of divorce from the Commonwealth Courts Portal you will need to link yourself to your file. To link yourself to your file you will need your file number and client number. If you do not know your file number and/or client number email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your full name, date of birth and the name of the other party to the divorce so we can send you file number and/or client number with information on how to link yourself to your file.
How do I obtain proof of divorce otherwise?
You should complete the online form.
Proof of divorce will be posted to you (including overseas) at the address provided on the form if a record is found. You will be notified if no record of divorce is found.
How long does it take to receive proof of divorce?
The courts will endeavour to send your proof of divorce as soon as possible once we have received your request. You should allow 10 working days for processing. Please also take into consideration time for posting.
How much will it cost to obtain proof of divorce?
$30 – This fee includes a search fee of the court records, printing of the proof of divorce (if a record is found) and postage (including overseas)
Note: This fee is not refundable.
Payment must be made online with a valid Visa/Mastercard credit/debit card on submission of the completed online form. If you do not have a credit/debit card you should email email@example.com for alternative request and payment methods. Do not complete the online form.