How does divorce work in Fiji?

How does divorce work in Fiji?

Any legal married persons can apply for divorce and must have reasonable grounds for applying for divorce. To end your marriage, you must be separated for 12 months before you can formally apply for a divorce. The Court does not consider whose fault it was that ended your relationship.

How do I apply for child maintenance in Fiji?

You can apply for child maintenance by filing Form 5 in the Court Registry in the area where either parent lives.

What is the legal age in Fiji?

In order to consent, a person must have the capacity to consent, which means they are not mentally disabled, under the influence of drugs or alcohol and are of legal age to be able to consent. In Fiji, the legal age of consent is 16.

How long does it take to divorce in Fiji?

You must be separated for 12 months before you can apply to the Family Court for dissolution of marriage or divorce. This means living separately from your husband/wife for a full year.

What is the divorce rate in Fiji?


Total divorces 410 61st out of 85
Total divorces per thousand people 0.66 55th out of 79
Years spent single before marriage > Females 22.9 years 12th out of 23
Years spent single before marriage > Males 26.1 years 11th out of 18

What is maintenance in family law?

Maintenance in law is defined as the amount which is paid to the dependent wife, child, or parents to maintain themselves. The amount can be paid either by doing one lump sum payment or by way of monthly instalments.

What is child and spousal maintenance?

It is different to child maintenance. Spousal maintenance is usually paid on a monthly basis and continues either for a defined period (term of years) or for the remainder of the parties’ life (known as a “joint lives order”). Spousal maintenance ends if the recipient remarries or if either party dies.

What is a Section 20 report?

Section 20 reports are concerned with the welfare of the child and how the child can best be supported. It looks at the current situation the child is living in and any supportive or challenging circumstances that exist.

What is a Section 32 report?

A Section 32 Report will involve meetings between a child and an assessor to determine the child’s voice around a specific situation. It is the assessor’s role to ensure that the child is listened to and understood so that their voice can be conveyed accurately in court.

What is the legal age to get married in Fiji?

Valid marriages ages in Fiji are 16 years and above for female and 18 years and above for male; Names of two witnesses who are 21 years of age or over.

Who is a minor in Fiji?

All children who offend under the age of 17 are regarded as juveniles and are dealt with in a Juvenile Court.