Separation Orders: Old-fashioned and hardly ever used
What is a Separation Order?
The law dealing with couples and break-ups still formally includes the concept of a “Separation Order”. This is an order made by a Family Court Judge saying that there’s such a “state of disharmony” between a married or civil union couple that there’s now no “obligation” for them to live together.
Separation Orders are now almost never made, as they’re an old-fashioned concept that has little relevance to modern New Zealand life. It’s unlikely that any court today would ever recognise that two people have a legal “obligation” to live together, whether or not a Separation Order has been made. However, separation agreements (see above) continue to be used as a practical way for couples to record the decisions they make when they split up.