You can ask the Family Court to legally end your marriage or civil union if:
You can be considered to be domiciled in New Zealand when:
The fact that you were married or entered into a civil union in New Zealand is not enough on its own to allow you to apply for a divorce in New Zealand. At least 1 of you needs to be domiciled in New Zealand when the application is made.
If you were married or entered into a civil union overseas, you can apply for a Dissolution Order in New Zealand if 1 of you has been domiciled in New Zealand when the application is made.
If you lived together within the last 2 years, you need to tell the court in your application that you did this to try to get back together. You can try to get back together more than once during the 2 years, as long as the total time you spend together trying to reconcile is not more than 3 months.
If you have children together, the court must be satisfied that arrangements have been made for their day-to-day care and other aspects of their welfare.
You can ask the Family Court for a divorce together, or just 1 of you can ask:
If you need the court’s help dividing your relationship property, you need to make a separate application within 12 months of your divorce. The court may extend this time frame.
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