Initiating Application Kit (do it yourself kit)

This form is used to start a family law application seeking final orders. Interlocutory orders can only be sought in this form if you are seeking final orders as well. The following types of orders can be sought:

  • Parenting
  • Property/financial
  • Maintenance
  • Child support
  • Medical procedures
  • Nullity
  • Validity of marriage, divorce or annulment
  • Passports

It is important to read the Important Notes in the kit before you complete the form.

Filing with the Court

You should file this form electronically on the Commonwealth Courts Portal. Other documents must be filed with an Initiating Application depending on the type of proceedings. For more information and step-by-step guides see How do I apply for parenting orders? and/or How do I apply for property and financial orders?.

If for some reason you cannot eFile, you can file at a Court registry

TIP: If you are not registered on the Commonwealth Courts Portal or are registered but do not have access to your file electronically, please complete the enquiry form for divorce, other family law, migration or general federal law.

In the form, you need to select:

  • I am making an enquiry about myself
  • Commonwealth Courts Portal support and registration
  • I am registered for the Commonwealth Courts Portal but can't see my file

Then provide your full name, email address, date of birth and the full name of the other party so we can verify your identity.

You should also provide your telephone number in case we need to contact you, and your Commonwealth Courts Portal username if you know it.

At Step 3 please provide your file number, if known, and ask for your client number.

Legal advice

To understand your legal rights and responsibilities you should obtain legal advice. A lawyer can explain how the law applies to your case and assist you to complete forms and lodge documents. The Court is unable to provide legal advice because to do so would seriously compromise its ability to impartially determine your case. There are several free services available. See Find a lawyer for more information.