How Long Does a Family Court Hearing Take

Issues heard in the Family Court are known to take 2 – 3 years on average to finalise matters, and sometimes involve delays.

The vast majority of matters are able to settle and finalise within 12 months of commencing proceedings.

There is no strict time frame that family law proceedings have to stick to, and therefore it is impossible to give an exact answer for how long a hearing will take.

Obtaining a divorce order in Australia typically takes about four months from filing the application for divorce.

Compared to many other jurisdictions, this is reasonably quick. Applying online and receiving the final divorce order online makes it a little swifter.

If you are seeking a final hearing for property or parenting orders, it is common for the parties involved to have to wait for two years or more after filing their paperwork for the issue to be resolved.

The absolute fastest time that our firm has experienced in getting orders was about 9 months for an extremely urgent matter.

Interim orders, on the other hand, as they are designed to be temporary, do not take as long to get.

After preparing and filing the relevant paperwork, interim orders can be heard within two to six weeks. You can apply for interim and final orders at the same time.

Some matters are urgent, and the court makes special arrangements for these.

Urgent matters more often involve parenting and keeping children safe but can also be regarding property settlements if you have a good property settlement lawyer.

In 2021, the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court, which also hears cases related to family law, will be merged to form one single court in the hope of reducing delays. This may have a significant impact on how long a family court hearing will take.

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