Principal of Justice Family Lawyers, Hayder specialises in complex parenting and property family law matters. He is based in Sydney and holds a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Communications from UTS.
You will have to attend your divorce hearing if you are making a sole application for divorce and there are children of the relationship under the age of 18.
You will also have to attend your divroce hearing if you have filed a response to the divorce application.
If the above two circumstances do not apply to your divorce applciation, you do not have to attend the divorce hearing.
What happens if I can’t attend my divorce hearing?
You may ask the Court if you can attend by telephone. Before this is granted, you must complete a Telephone/Video Link Attendance Request Form. You can find the form HERE.
The form must explain the reasons why you are requesting to appear via telephone/video link.
You also need to advise the other party (your spouse) that you will be requesting this method of appearance and determine whether they agree or disagree to this. The Registrar will approve or refuse this request.
To apply for this request: complete the form, then eFile, email, post or fax the document to the Court at least 5 business days prior to the Divorce Hearing.