Can I get a divorce here in NZ if I was married overseas?

It is difficult moving to a new country and sometimes those stresses can lead to breakdown of a relationship. So can you get a divorce here in NZ if I was married overseas?  The simple answer is yes, if at least one of you has been domiciled in New Zealand when applying for the divorce (dissolution of marriage). In general, domicile means that New Zealand is your permanent home and you have intention to live here for an indefinite time.

Sometimes relationships breakdown on the way to residency and the status of your application may change. Many questions and worries my deter you from acting. What do you do next? When can a spouse control your residency application?  Are electronic communications like text messages and chat logs admissible in court? Is my sponsoring partner eligible and is the relationship is exclusive? The Immigration Department don’t believe I am in a relationship what can I do? We are breaking up does this effect our Partnership Visas?

First of all, in legal terms, getting a divorce is called dissolving a marriage or civil union and in New Zealand, the Family Court can end your marriage or civil union by making a Dissolution Order, not issuing a divorce certificate that some other countries do. Sometimes its hard to find good advice in your own language; and that is where Queen City Law can help. Our team speak Mandarin, Korean Spanish and other languages or can work with your support people or family members to get translations made to your native language.

Partnership Visas – How can you prove that you are living together in a genuine and stable relationship?

 

If you are a happy couple looking to migrate to New Zealand or if Immigration New Zealand is doubting your relationship, you should take the time to read this post, you can download the article in print and tablet friendly PDF here

The things you need to know about getting a divorce in New Zealand.

QCL Disputes resolution expert Melinda Li answers a few questions surrounding divorce in NZ. Read this article as a print and tablet friendly PDF here. Read more about Melinda here

Read more articles by Melinda click here.

Property Development – Case Studies

QCL has acted on the construction of some 2000 apartments in Auckland’s CBD & spearheaded consent projects for some of New Zealand’s largest ever property developments.

Can I sponsor my parents for residency in New Zealand?

If you have held your residence visa for at least 3 years, you may be eligible to sponsor your parents for residency.

How do I prove that I am a bona fide applicant?

Queen City Law are experts in immigration law with a huge passion for smoothing the process of getting new migrants settled in New Zealand.

Has your visa expired? You can request a new visa under section 61

My visa expired what do I do? It can be tricky for those on student visas and those on work visas to know what to do next.

Getting a divorce in New Zealand? Things to know.

It is difficult moving to a new country and sometimes those stresses can lead to breakdown of a relationship. Married overseas? You can get a divorce in NZ.

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ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING AND COUNTERING FINANCING OF TERRORISM ACT 2009 AND QUEEN CITY LAW

  WHAT IS THE ACT? From 1 July 2018, the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (“the Act”) comes into effect for all Lawyers. The purpose of the Act is to reflect New Zealand’s commitment to the international initiative to counter the impact of criminal activity within the global community. You can […]

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Assignment of claims

A recent Court of Appeal decision has confirmed QCL’s continual advice to our clients that once you sell your property which was subject to a claim, you have crystallised your loss as being the change in value, not the cost of repair. The parties in Xu v IAG learnt this the hard way as the […]

NZ Building Industry Regulation Compliance

Queen City Law Associate Tina Hwang presented at the New Zealand Building Industry Regulation Compliance Conference in March 2018. A copy of her powerpoint slides can be downloaded here for your information. If you require any further information or advice on your construction project, please feel free to contact your construction law expert Tina Hwang […]

Earthquake Prone Buildings (Update)

Further to our prior blog on “Earthquake Prone Buildings” in 2014, the government have now passed legislation giving force to the proposals. The Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 came into force on Saturday, 1 July 2017. Territorial Authorities (your Councils) now have reduced timeframes to identify Earthquake Prone Buildings (“EPB”) for priority buildings. The […]

QCL Presents at Legalwise Immigration Law Intensive: Key Changes Seminar

Several Queen City Law lawyers including Principal Marcus Beveridge, Associate Bradley John So, Consultant Jack Cheng and Solicitor Shi Sheng Cai (Shoosh) were invited to present at the Legalwise Immigration Law Intensive: Key changes seminar. The seminar was a great success. Marcus Beveridge the past chairman of NZAMI and immediate convenor of the New Zealand […]

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The Importance of Employment and Immigration Compliance

QCL Principal Marcus Beveridge and Associate Tina Hwang recently wrote an article for Builders & Contractors Magazine on the Importance of Employment and Immigration Compliance. The Employment Relations Act 2000 and the Immigration Act 2009 provides requirements for both construction operators and its workers. The article briefly examines the obligations that one must be aware […]

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RLWT….WTF??

Thought you were all over the recent tax changes arising from the introduction of the bright line tax (aka capital gains tax)? Then consider this: Debbie is an English citizen but has permanent residence in New Zealand. She has just completed a science degree (IT). Max is a South African citizen and has a work […]

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Employment 101: Common Questions in Employment

QCL Lawyer Tina Hwang answers some common questions in regards to Employment Law. What is the difference between a casual and permanent employee? There is no statutory definition of “casual” employees. A Casual employee is normally hired to do specific work for short time periods and works on an “as required” basis. If a worker […]