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

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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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Unjustified Dismissal – Were you fired in an unfair manner?

Were you fired from your job in an unfair manner? In New Zealand, all employees are given the right to pursue a personal grievance claim under the Employment Relations Act 2000 (“the Act”) if they have any of the following issues: • Unjustifiable dismissal (where you were fired unfairly) • unjustifiable action which disadvantages the […]

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Things you need to know about land subdivision

Auckland’s population has increased significantly and is expected to continue increasing over the next 10 years. The increased population together with other determinants make Auckland one of the cities worst in the world given the extremely high house prices coupled with moderate wages. Accordingly, recent market trends indicate that medium to high density housing developments […]

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Brexit and You

“Alea iacta este” (the die is cast), is the Latin phrase attributed to Julius Ceasar as he led his army across the Rubicon river into Northern Italy in 49 BC.   England has now crossed its own Rubicon, in voting to leave the EU. While no one really knows what the effects of this decision will […]

Buying a new home off the plans

QCL Senior Solicitor Tina Hwang was recently quoted in an article published by The NZ Herald in relation to getting in early and buying a new home or apartment off the plans. “The process of buying off the plans is different to an ordinary home purchase and buyers really need to understand the agreement they’re […]

Investor Catergory – What asset can I nominate under the Investor Programme

Applicants applying under the investor programme can nominate various types of assets such as shares, cash deposits, properties, debt instruments and so on in accordance with the relevant provisions of the New Zealand Government Immigration Instructions. The critical issue is proving “ownership” of the nominated assets. If your asset is held through a trust and […]

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Entrepeneur Residence Visa – What to consider when uplifting the section 49A condition?

A residence visa holder cannot be issued a permanent residence visa until the Section 49A condition on their visa has been uplifted. A section 49A condition is imposed on your residence visa if you have applied under the previous Entrepreneur Plus Category and the Current Entrepreneur (Fast Track) Category. When applying to uplift the section […]

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Update on Residential Land Tax

Where to start? The new data collection requirements and ‘bright line test’ have now been in place for a few months. The new Bright Line Tax applies to all residential property with a house on it in the following instances: • It is acquired after 1 October 2015 and sold within 2 years of acquisition; […]

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Character Waiver – Do I have to disclose my historic charges?

It is not uncommon for some applicants to have an old drunk and disorderly conviction, or a drunk driving conviction, or even an old conviction for the possession of recreational drugs. Sometimes these convictions are from over 10 years ago and it can be confusing as to whether you need to disclose these charges to […]

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The simple things when buying or selling a property

While watching another border security documentary recently, a man was seen arguing with security that his partner completed the document for him which he then signed. Good luck with that as a defence. The question is whether we really know what we are signing (and whether we realise the consequences)? One of the largest transactions […]

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Building & Construction Law Conference 2016 – The Updated Construction Contracts Act

Marcus Beveridge and Lauren Qiu were invited to present at the annual New Zealand Building & Construction Law Conference on 5 April 2016. The presentation focused on the practical considerations of the recent Construction Contracts Amendment Act, which is currently being progressively implemented. The seminar was attended by a vast number of industry leaders, all […]

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