1. Decide whether to apply only for a divorce or add other issues
Question & AnswerHow do I apply for a divorce by myself?
Before you apply to the court for a , you have to decide whether to ask the court for:
- a divorce only, or
- a divorce and other things like , , , , and .
Decision-making responsibility and parenting time used to be called and .
You can deal with your family law issues by making a separation agreement.
In family law, you must think about using (ADR) or a family dispute resolution process to resolve your issues out of court if it’s suitable for you. ADR might not be right for you if:
- one person is afraid of another person because there is a history of
- there are serious mental health or drug abuse issues
In those situations, you can go to court to deal with your family law issues when you apply for a divorce.
You may also choose to go to court if you want a that can be enforced. This means if anyone stops following the order, the court can order them to follow it.
There is no time limit to get a divorce. But there are time limits for other claims. For example, you have six years from the date you separate or two years from the date of your divorce to make a claim to divide property.