Divorce in New Zealand

Specialist international family lawyers

Our team of specialist international divorce and family lawyers based in the UK advise British expats living in New Zealand, New Zealand individuals married to UK nationals and New Zealand families living in the UK.

We take the time to understand your personal circumstances and work with family lawyers in New Zealand to develop the best course of action. We always communicate with our clients in the way that suits them best, responding quickly at all times. Visiting an office or travelling to the UK is not necessary as all meetings can take place via video conferencing and telephone.

Choosing where to divorce – England or New Zealand?

Issuing divorce proceedings in either London or New Zealand may provide significant benefits in relation to splitting the finances and arrangements for children depending upon your particular circumstances. Establishing a connection to the United Kingdom or New Zealand will help determine your best course of action.

Divorce laws in New Zealand have their roots in the English legal system although the Family Proceedings Act 1980 in New Zealand provides different grounds for divorce than those found in England as well as different outcomes in relation to splitting the finances, spousal maintenance and arrangements for children.

Our initial aim will be to understand your particular circumstances and if necessary, liaise with a family lawyer in New Zealand to obtain a comparison of the jurisdictional benefits of either issuing a divorce petition in New Zealand or England to ensure the best possible outcome in relation to finances and children.

It is essential to get expert advice from your divorce solicitor quickly as the first party to issue proceedings is likely to determine which country the case will be heard in. Although the choice of jurisdiction may later be challenged it is very difficult to switch jurisdictions once divorce proceedings have started.

London is known as the divorce capital of the world because the court system provides for a forensic examination of the assets, spousal maintenance and a starting point of sharing the assets equally. English courts will make additional allowances if the spouse has custody of any children.

Next Steps

To arrange a free call back to discuss your circumstances, please call our international family law team on +44(0)20 7426 4915 or complete the free call back form. Please note we do not offer legal aid.

International family law team

Our team of international lawyers is headed by Anthony Kiernan who has extensive experience of cross jurisdictional divorces, custody disputes and disputes involving the Hague Convention.