Even if you prepare your divorce application yourself, there is still an application fee you have to pay to the Family Court of Australia. In 2017, this fee is currently $865. The fee goes up every year.
You can apply for a fee exemption if you are experiencing financial difficulty. The Family Court may accept your application if you can demonstrate that you are suffering from financial hardship. The reduced fee is $290.
You will not be able to lodge your divorce application without paying the application fee. The application fee must be paid at the beginning of the divorce process.
You are able to complete this application yourself, however, due to the number of steps, we recommend that you engage a lawyer to do it on your behalf.
If you engage a lawyer to do your divorce they will charge you a fee for processing the paperwork. You should always make sure that the law firm doing your divorce quotes you or offers you a fixed fee before you agree on anything.
Be aware that making a mistake in your divorce application will mean extensive delays in the whole process.