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Relationships and break-ups

Getting together, splitting up and dividing your property

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Relationships & break-ups

Where to go for more support

Community Law

www.communitylaw.org.nz

Your local Community Law Centre can provide free initial legal advice and information.

Births, Death & Marriages (Department of Internal Affairs)

www.govt.nz/organisations/births-deaths-and-marriages

This website has information about marriages and civil unions. On this site you can also apply online for a marriage licence or download the application forms.

Family Court

www.justice.govt.nz/family/separation-divorce

This Family Court webpage provides a range of information relevant to adult relationships, including information on separation, dissolution, relationship property and the court processes that apply in those areas. You can access pamphlets online, as well as Family Court forms such as Dissolution of Marriage Application packs.

Family Court fee waiver forms

Family Court fee waiver (or refund) forms are available here:

www.justice.govt.nz/courts/going-to-court/court-fees/apply-for-help-to-pay-court-fees

New Zealand Law Society

www.lawsociety.org.nz/for-the-public/common-legal-issues

Pamphlets

  • Living together
  • Dividing up relationship property
  • What happens to your children when you part?
  • What happens when your relationship breaks up?

You can access pamphlets online or order hard copies from the New Zealand Law Society.

Phone: (04) 472 7837

Email: pamphlets@lawsociety.org.nz

Work and Income

www.workandincome.govt.nz

Relationships often have a significant impact on personal finances. For information on how your changing relationship status might affect what benefits you are entitled to, contact Work and Income.

Phone: 0800 559 009

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