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Telephone Interpreter Service

If you speak a language other than English, you can call our Telephone Interpreter Service and speak to someone in your own language. The Telephone Interpreter Service is free to non-English speakers.

To access telephone interpreting services call 131 450 and ask them to call the Family Court of Australia or the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. Our business hours are 8:30 to 5pm Monday to Friday.

You can also visit the TIS National website for translated information about the services TIS National provides. Visit: www.tisnational.gov.au

Our staff

We have some staff who are accredited interpreters and may speak your language.  They are able to provide assistance at the counter or over the telephone.

More information

For more information have a look at the translating and interpreting services information on this website.

For more information have a look at the Translating and Interpreter services information on this website.

For more information have a look at the Translating and Interpreter services information on this website.

For court events

If you have difficulty with English and need to attend the courts, call 1300 352 000 or your case coordinator (if you have one) to ask for an interpreter to be booked. This service is free.

Our interpreter policy sets out that no client should be disadvantaged in proceedings before the Court or in understanding the procedures and conduct of court business, because of a language barrier.

Our interpreter policy sets out that no client should be disadvantaged in proceedings before the Court or in understanding the procedures and conduct of court business, because of a language barrier.

How to get divorced if you were married overseas

If you were married overseas, you can apply for a divorce in Australia if either you or your spouse:

  • regard Australia as your home and intend to live indefinitely in Australia are an Australian citizen or resident, or
  • are an Australia citizen by birth or descent
  • are an Australia citizen by grant of an Australia citizenship
  • ordinarily live in Australia and have done so for 12 months immediately before filing for divorce.

For more information about what to do see I married overseas, can I get a divorce in Australia?

For more information about what to do see I married overseas, can I get a divorce in Australia?

Family violence and safety at court

If you have any concerns for your safety it is important you let the courts know prior to attending a court event, including conferences or hearings. For more information go to the family violence section of this website.

Children and relocation services

Visit the Relocation and travel section of the website.

Visit the Relocation and travel section of the website.

Children, passports and international travel after family separation

Visit the Relocation and travel section of the website.

Visit the Relocation and travel section of the website.

Preventing a child from leaving Australia

If you are concerned that a child may leave Australia without your permission, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible. 

You can apply to the Court for an order that:

  • prevents a passport being issued for a child
  • requires a person to deliver a child’s or accompanying adult’s passport to the Court, or
  • prevents a child from leaving Australia.

Visit the Relocation and travel section of the website for more information.

Visit the Relocation and travel section of the website for more information.

The Australian Federal Police maintains the Family Law Watchlist for family law matters. This system is designed to alert police to the movement of children. For more information go to the Australian Federal Police website.

International child abduction

If you have immediate concerns about your child being taken out of the country, contact our National Enquiry Centre on 1300 352 000.

The Court has an out-of-hours service for emergencies: that is, if there is a risk that a child may be taken out of the country before the next working day. Call the courts on 1300 352 000 and you will be referred to this emergency number.

If your child has already been taken out of the country

The Attorney-General's Department helps parents or guardians whose children are being retained in another country, by another person, without their consent.

You should call the International Family Law Unit on 1800 100 480 (toll free) or go to the Attorney-General's Department for further information regarding the operation of the Hague Convention on the civil aspects of international child abduction in Australia including eligibility, type of assistance available, application forms, etc.

Contact International Social Services (ISS) on 1300 657 843 or www.iss.org.au for:

  • Free legal assistance with preparation of applications for return of a child or access to a child under the Hague Convention
  • Mediation and negotiation with parents in other countries
    Counselling and support services.

If your matter is already going through the Court then contact your case assessment coordinator.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Consular Office may be able to provide you with a list of family lawyers overseas. Phone: 1300 555 135 (24 hour consular service) or +61 2 6261 3305 from outside Australia

More information can be found on the Attorney-General’s website.

More information can also be found in the Hague Convention section of the Family Court website

Forced and underage marriage

If you think someone is at risk of forced marriage, call the Australian Federal Police on 131 237. In an emergency, dial triple zero (000).

You can read and understand more about forced marriage, what it is and what you can do at the Attorney-General’s website on human trafficking.

How to prepare an affidavit if you cannot speak English

An affidavit is a written statement setting out a person's evidence or facts of the case. See Applying to the courts for more information about affidavits.

An affidavit is a written statement setting out a person's evidence or facts of the case. See Applying to the courts for more information about affidavits.

Preparing an affidavit – person is unable to read or is physically incapable of signing the affidavit

As per rule 15.27 of the Federal Circuit Court Rules 2001 or r.15.10 of the Family Law Rules 2004 the person before whom the affidavit is made must certify in or below the jurat (the jurat is the clause at the end of the document stating the date, place, and name of the person before whom it was sworn) that:

  1. the affidavit was read to the person making it, and
  2. the person seemed to understand the affidavit, and
  3. in the case of a person physically incapable of signing, the person indicated that the contents were true
  4. In the Federal Circuit Court rules, this does not apply if the person making the affidavit has read the affidavit using:
  • a computer with a screen reader, text-to-speech software or a braille display; or
  • other technology for the vision impaired.

How to provide documents in English

Visit the Interpreter services section of the website.

Visit the Interpreter services section of the website.

Not divorced at time of Australian Citizenship

How do I seek confirmation from the courts that I was not divorced in Australia at the time of my Australian citizenship?

To obtain confirmation please provide the Court with the following information and copies of documentation:

  • Full names of both parties including maiden name of wife
  • Dates of birth for both parties
  • Date of naturalisation
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Certified copy of the Citizenship Certificate
  • Certified copy of the Marriage Certificate in English
  • Return postal address to post a response
  • Your current contact number.

Are there any fees?

Yes, there is a fee of $30 which includes a search of the courts' records, the documentation if no record of divorce is found and postage. No refund is available if no divorce record is found. You will be notified if no record is found.

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