Response to initiating application (do it yourself kit)

This kit is used to respond to an Initiating Application if you oppose the orders sought or you are asking the Court to make other orders.

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 a Response to Initiating Application depending on the type of proceedings. For more information see Children: I have been served and/or Finances and property: I have been served.

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

NOTE: For special filing measures during COVID-19 refer to section 2 of the FCFCOA Practice Direction – COVID-19 Special Measures.

TIP: If you are not registered on the Commonwealth Courts Portal or are registered but do not have access to your file electronically email registerme@comcourts.gov.au with your full name, date of birth, name of the other party, file number (if known) and your portal user name if you are already registered so we can create your registration or provide access to your file.

Service

After the form is filed it must be served by ordinary service as soon as possible on the other parties including the Independent Children’s Lawyer, if one is appointed. For more information, see How do I serve family law documents?.

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.