Due to the time and cost of court proceedings, most cases are settled by private agreement. To be legally binding, these private agreements must meet certain criteria, including the possibility that each party has received independent legal advice on the effects and effects of the agreement and that its signature has been followed by a lawyer. If you`ve lived together for the past couple of years because you`ve been trying to get back together after you separate, you can still file for divorce. However, you must inform the court in your application that you did so to try to get back together. For expats divorcing in New Zealand, an application can be made either by both parties or by one party. Applications are submitted in the form of a standard form (available on the website of the New Zealand Department of Justice). They are designed to be concluded without the help of a lawyer, although the parties can have representation if they wish. It is not necessary to appear unless a party expressly wishes to do so (which is unusual). If the parties lodge a joint appeal and there is no error in the application, the dissolution shall take effect one month after the approval of the Registrar of the Tribunal.
If a party is a candidate, the application must be served on the other party and it is given a response time (21 days if they are in New Zealand, 30 days if they are in Australia and 50 days for the rest of the world). Assuming that the application is not defended, the declarant examines the application at the end of this period and the dissolution takes effect one month later. If they have decided to appear, the Registrar will assign a date for the hearing of the case before a judge. . . .