Separation and Dissolution (Divorce)
When a married couple or a couple who have entered into a civil union decide to separate, it can be the first step towards eventual dissolution (divorce) of the marriage or civil union. There are a lot of things to consider at every stage of this journey. Children should be at the top of that list, but there can be many other areas of concern as well. Your finances, your family home, who gets to keep what, how you will manage your family going forward, etc.
Whether you have decided to divorce or are just considering separation, you should be well informed about your legal rights and obligations and what help and support is available to you and to all of those in your family who will be affected.
Common questions, getting advice and support, your options and the legal process for separation and divorce.
As a parent facing separation or divorce you will have concerns about any impact on your children and on your relationship with them. We look at how to put your children's interests first, and recommend sources of help for you too.
It may not feel like it right now, but you aren't alone. Several thousand families in New Zealand split up or divorce each year. We answer typical questions that you may have about what you are feeling, how you might have your say in what happens next and much more.
Are your mum and dad separating or getting a divorce? This is a time when you will have a lot of strong feelings and a lot of questions. Here are some answers and some ideas about who you can talk to about the things that are worrying you.
Find information on how to legally end your marriage or civil union. Please note that you must be separated for two years before you can have a dissolution. You can download a pack to make a joint application here or download a pack to make a one party application here.