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Divorce records

Accession number
Various
Description
We hold divorce registers and files from the Christchurch, Timaru, and West Coast Supreme/High Courts. Divorce files contain all the legal documentation required for the granting of a divorce. Our holdings of divorce files up to 1969 have been indexed. Later divorces can be identified from the relevant registers.
Date range
c.1870 - c. 1981
Restrictions
The registers are not restricted. The files are restricted for 60 years from date of divorce. Access to restricted files may be obtained through the relevant High Court.
Further information
Contact Archives New Zealand Christchurch Office christchurch@archives.govt.nz. Computerised documentation on these records can be searched onsite. Online access to information about holdings should be available late in 2005.