Separating or getting divorced
How to get divorced in NZ
A step by step guide to separating and getting divorced in NZ.
Separating from your spouse or partner
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.
Applying for a divorce
After you’ve been separated for at least 2 years, you can apply for a divorce through the Family Court. There are eligibility criteria to meet and an application fee when you apply.
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.