Divorce: The dissolution of a marriage or civil union. An application for marriage or civil union dissolution can be made by either partner on grounds that the marriage or civil union has broken down irreconcilably, provided a two-year separation requirement is satisfied. One or both partners must usually live in New Zealand. The Family Court grants Dissolution Orders. Family Courts are located throughout New Zealand but since 2014 almost all applications for divorce have been processed by the Wellington court.
Median duration of marriage includes marriages and civil unions ending in divorce.
From 2011, divorce data are based on on the year the order of dissolution was granted. Before 2011 data are based on the date the order was received by Stats NZ. Data from 2011 may not be directly comparable with data before 2011.
From the dataset Marriages, Civil Unions, and Divorces: Divorces by duration (marriages and civil unions) 2021, this data was extracted:
Provided: 610 data points
Dataset originally released on:
May 04, 2022
Method of collection/Data provider
Ministry of Justice provides a quarterly electronic file of orders for dissolution of marriage and civil unions granted in New Zealand. The data is compiled from information collected by the family courts.