Story: Divorce and separation

Dissolution order

Dissolution order

Once the Family Proceedings Act was passed in 1980, getting divorced was officially recognised with an order dissolving marriage (shown here). There was little else to mark what was for many people a difficult and sad time of their life.

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Megan Cook, 'Divorce and separation - No-fault divorce: 1980–21st century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/29836/dissolution-order (accessed 26 January 2022)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 8 Nov 2018