Service is the legal term for the process of delivering Court documents (such as your divorce application) to the other party, after the documents have been lodged with the Court.
If you are filing a Joint Application, you do not need to serve the other party.
If you are filing a Sole Application, you must serve the other party at least 28 days before the Court hearing date (42 days if they are overseas).
Serving the other party ensures they have received a copy of your divorce application and that they are aware of the proceedings and the Court hearing date.
Service can be arranged by post or in person (hand delivered). There are specific Court Rules about how service must be performed, and special Court forms for serving the other party.
If you are making a Sole Application, we recommend you employ a professional Process Server to serve your application on the other party in person. Please contact our Support Team to ask about recommended process servers in your State or Territory.