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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 don’t live with their children, or who share care of their children with someone else.
Page last updated: 11 February 2020
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