Posted at 08:03h in Family LawFirst, you can get divorced without a lawyer representing you by creating your own divorce application. As for the grounds for divorce, Australian family law has one remarkably simple principle and that is 'no-fault'. In other words, the legal system in Australia, unlike many other jurisdictions around the world, doesn't really care if someone was a “good” husband or wife or if there has been infidelity for example. The main requirement that the court wishes to see established in order for a divorce to proceed is that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. There are many ways in which an irretrievable breakdown might be established but the simplest, and the one which the court will most readily accept is that the two parties to the divorce have lived apart for a period of at least 12 months. In addition, it must be shown that there is absolutely no possibility of the couple reconciling.