What's the difference between separation and divorce

People often use the terms ‘separation’ and ‘divorce’ thinking they mean the same but they are in fact very different things. A separation happens when you decide to stop living together as a couple. A divorce is when the family court grants a dissolution order, legally ending your marriage or civil union. You are then free to get remarried (if you want to!).

How does the online divorce tool work?

Once you have been separated from your spouse for two years, you can apply for a divorce. Applying for a divorce is supposed to be a straightforward exercise but the forms and various options can be quite confusing.

Our online tool only requires 10 to 15 minutes of your time to help you gather all the information needed to apply for your divorce. We’ll take the information and complete the correct forms on your behalf, and then we’ll guide you through the entire process, making it quick and easy.

What you need to do

Just complete the questionnaire and follow the online instructions. We’ll take it from there. The process will depend on whether you want to apply together with your ex-spouse or on you own; and whether you want to appear in court. Once you’ve made these decisions, we can walk you through the process step-by-step.     

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