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.

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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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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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