I want to know about divorce, im a filipina & married to filipino married occur in philippines but we are both living

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Customer: Hi i want to know about divorce , im a filipina & married to filipino married occur in philippines but we are both living now in new zealand. What should i do ? To remove my marriage ?
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Customer: thats all , is it annullment for filipino ls? Should i separate in my country or it can be done in philippines
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I am a New Zealand lawyer based in Wellington and will help you with your question today. Please wait while I read the question so I can make the most useful response.

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You can apply for the marriage to be dissolved even though you were married overseas. Once you have been separated you can apply to the Family Court for an order dissolving your marriage

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Ok
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Many people apply for the divorce themselves as you do not really need a lawyer

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How long is gonna take the process? If both agree for divorse? How much it cause? And what papers do i need?
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How long is the process of divorse if we both agree? We married in philippines .
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You will need to fill out the forms which you can download from the ministry of justice, and you can both complete the forms and apply jointly. You will need either the original marriage certificate or a certified copy, and if you had a separation agreement you need a copy of that. The filing fee is $211.50, and the joint application takes one to 2 months. You don't need to go to court because it is done on the papers

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That is the link to get the papers

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separation agreement is same with divorce? Or separation agreement first then divorce ?
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You don't really need a separation agreement. You can apply for a divorce on the grounds that you verbally agreed to separate on a particular date

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Okay . I saw new zealand marriage certificate. Is it only example right? If i have philippines marriage certificate it can proceed for divorce?
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Yes, that will be needed

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Okay nice to know & i have knowledge now for that . I will continue to ask my question once i proceed or prepare my papers. I have no one to ask. Cause me and my husband we are so different and we dont agree in many things . So ill check the papers i need. By the way im in auckland base if i need someone for help ill ask you
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Great! Happy to help when needed

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Hi ask question again , is it only for new zealand citizen only ? For this application or for everyone
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

Anyone who lives here can use this process for divo

Customer
What about the kids costody? Is it with him? Or with me? ... i can have the kids? Or he can have my kids? Cause kids have a better future with him cause all his family members are here in new zealand ? Me im alone.
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my legal records after divorce can i change it all in my maiden name?
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

You can reach agreement about the children separately from the divorce as under New Zealand family law they are usually resolved after separation. You can negotiate with your husband as to the care arra

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You can use your maiden name any time you want. Under New Zealand law you don’t need to change your name when you get married so you can use it now

Customer
Thank u ill get back again if i ask question
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Ok

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