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.

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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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Summary of changes There have been recent changes to the Investor (Investor 2) Category. Please refer to the below summary of changes: i. Increase of funds required for Investor 2 migrants to $3million; ii. Reduction in points for investment funds; iii. Removal of the requirement for Investor 2 applicants to hold $1 million in settlement […]


Trees and Neighbours

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity…and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” – William Blake It is […]

Tax Time

Introduced with effect from 1 October 2015 was the capital gains tax which according to our Prime Minister was not a capital gains tax. However you will be subject to tax in New Zealand if you sold a residential property in New Zealand, within 2 years of acquisition, that was not your “main home” regardless […]

Effect of recent earthquakes on lending requirements

As most people will be aware there have been some major tectonic movements felt around the country in the last few weeks. This has caused further movement in both banks and insurance providers to review their requirements for providing insurance and loans for purchasers looking to buy in certain regions of the country. ANZ Bank […]

How to migrate to New Zealand from America or the UK

It is no secret that New Zealand is one of the best places to live in the world. Recently we have been voted best country in the world by a poll undertaken by The Telegraph[1], ranked 2nd best country to live in for expats by CN Traveler,[2] ranked 9th best country in the world to […]

How to resolve civil disputes

An Introduction to Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution Did you enter into a contract (written or oral) and encounter problems? Did things go bad at a cost? Was there a disagreement over the parties’ obligations or duties? Did the other side fail to action what they are meant to under the contract? If so, there […]


Marcus Beveridge: Chinese likely to be affected by immigration changes

This morning on  News Talk Radio QCL Principal Marcus Beveridge suggested Chinese families will be particularly affected by the Government’s new immigration policy. You can listen to the interview here. The new resident setting is being reduced to a limit of 95,000, down from the current 100,000. The threshold for skilled migrants has been raised by increasing […]

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Changes to NZ Immigration Quotas Announced

It looks like the National Govt is out to reduce the number of new migrants, yesterday they announced a tightening to NZ immigration quota numbers. Under the changes, the higher end of the planning range for new residents over the next two years would be reduced from 100,000 to 95,000. Those coming to New Zealand under the […]

Local Government Elections? Who cares?

Before you go to sleep, consider this – that there are schools in South Auckland that would give you, as a Maori or Pacifica student, only a 1 in 5 chance of obtaining NCEA Level 1. That means, of course, that 4 out of 5 fail. NCEA Level 1 is concerned with very basic reading […]