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The term divorce is no longer used in New Zealand.
"DIVORCE" is now an outdated and useless term and it went out of existence in October 1981.
However many people still use the term "divorce" in everyday speech because we suppose that "being divorced" has a little more meaning than "being dissolved".
Now, when we make the final break in a marriage, we now say that the marriage has been "dissolved" and the term "dissolution of marriage" is the proper term to use.
A dissolution is different from a separation.
A separation, even if it is recorded by way of a formal Court Order or contained in a written Separation Agreement, still only records the fact that the parties are separated.
In fact, there is no necessity to have a formal Separation Agreement other than to have contained within that Agreement matters such as guardianship, custody, access, maintenance and matrimonial property.
See out special site entitled - Separation
It is convenient to use the word Separation Agreement but it is now no longer necessary to have one.
In the bad old days, one of the grounds for getting divorced was either living apart for four years or living apart for two years if there had been a formal Separation Order or Separation Agreement.
Again, in the bad old days, prior to October 1981, there were 21 grounds for divorce including everything from habitual drunkenness to good old fashioned adultery. Those days are now long gone.
Divorces used to heard in the High Court.
Terrible cases took place where one party would divorce the other on the grounds of adultery and Private Detectives and neighbours were used to spy on loving couples in order to provide evidence for "the Petitioner" who was seeking to obtain a divorce on the grounds of adultery.
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