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).
For all other divorce files requiring access:
Restricted 100 years from last date on file. Requests for access should be directed to the Wellington High Court.
For former parties to a marriage or civil partnership :
Permission to access Dissolution Orders can be sought :
By email from: email@example.com
Or write to:
Archives New Zealand, Research Services
PO Box 12-050,
Wellington 6011, New Zealand
For all others requiring access:
Permission to access restricted records should be sought from the Wellington High Court. Please check the Ministry of Justice’s website for the most up to date contact details at:
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.