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A step by step guide to separating and getting divorced in NZ.
You don't have to do anything official when you separate from your partner, but a separation agreement or separation order can help to keep things clear.
After you’ve been separated for at least 2 years, you can apply for a divorce. There is a fee for
the dissolution order.
If your relationship ends, you need to try to resolve child custody arrangements yourselves before you can go to court.
Find a counsellor in your local area.
Child support is paid by parents who do not live with their children, or who share care of their children with someone else.
Page last updated: 11 February 2020
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