How can I dissolve my New Zealand marriage if I live overseas?

Question Details: I live in Australia and my ex-husband lives in New Zealand. We separated in early 2009 and I left the country several months later. We have not been together at all since then. We have no children, and our assets were divided at the time of separation. How would we go about formally dissolving the marriage, especially when I am not in the country?

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Community Law Wellington & Hutt Valley

The answer to your question is provided by the Family Court at this link, www.justice.govt.nz (under "Who can make an application for a dissolution order?").

For further information on how to apply for a dissolution order, see the Community Law Manual at www.communitylaw.org.nz.

It would probably be easiest for you and your ex-husband to file a joint application at the Family Court nearest where he lives. The joint application forms are here: www.justice.govt.nz.

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