What is a divorce application on a simplified track

Parties may file a divorce application on a simplified track if they can agree on all of the following:

  • The marriage has irretrievably broken down.
  • Ancillary matters such as children's care arrangements (if applicable), maintenance and the division of matrimonial assets.

A divorce application on a simplified track may take about 4 months to conclude.

File a divorce application (simplified track) step-by-step

This is the process of filing for a divorce on the simplified track.

If you are filing the divorce application, you are the plaintiff.

Your spouse is the defendant.

Before filing

Understand the requirements for divorce

Find out if you are eligible to file for divorce in the Family Courts, the facts you can rely on in support of your divorce and the ancillary matters relating to the divorce you have to consider.

Start divorce proceedings

File and serve documents

Divorce proceedings start when you file the necessary documents with the Family Courts.

After the case is set down

At an uncontested divorce hearing

If your documents are in order, the court will schedule an uncontested divorce hearing. The court may grant the divorce at the hearing on the terms agreed between you and the defendant. You, the defendant and your lawyers (if any) are not required to attend the hearing.


You do not need a lawyer to represent you in a divorce case. However, you may choose to engage one if you need independent legal advice on the merits of your case.

The courts are not able to provide legal advice or recommend lawyers. Find out where to get help.


Refer to:

Refer to Part VI of the Family Justice Courts Practice Directions for proceedings for the dissolution of marriage under Part X of Women’s Charter.

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