Divorce files are restricted for 100 years from the date of last paper. Access requires written permission from the Invercargill High Court.
Dissolution of Marriage or Civil Union Records
Under both High Court Rules and Family Court Rules former parties to a marriage or a civil union have an unrestricted right to obtain a copy of the order dissolving the marriage or civil union. These dissolution orders can be viewed at, or copies obtained from Archives New Zealand on production of sufficient proof of identity (photo identification e.g. passport/drivers’ license).
Invercargill High Court
Permission to access Dissolution Orders can be sought from:
Research email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to: Archives New Zealand Dunedin Regional Office, PO Box 6183, Dunedin 9059.
Restriction expires end of:
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Once you have been granted access, bring the original letter with you when you place your order for the records.