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Family Law

Family relationships can lead to emotional and financial challenges. We are here to help.

Our team of specialist family lawyers, based in our Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch offices, work with clients across New Zealand and internationally. We provide clear guidance, and compassion, to help achieve the best outcome for you and your family.

Our team helps clients across all stages of relationships. This includes providing certainty around financial rights and obligations when entering into a marriage or new relationship, and providing practical and clear advice when a relationship breaks down. We also have expertise in specialist areas of family law such as international surrogacy and adoption (including advising on the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects on Child Adoption), the care of children, and claims against wills and trusts.

Our approach is always to try to resolve disputes cooperatively. However, when needed we are skilled litigators with good relationships with Courts and lawyers across the country.

Our family lawyers work closely with our wider team of private client lawyers to deliver a complete service – including trusts, wills, estate administration, elder issues (such as retirement villages, residential care and powers of attorney) and real estate.

The issues we advise on 

  • Divorce or separation – including relationship property agreements, financial arrangements and spousal maintenance
  • Children – parenting and guardianship arrangements, and child support
  • Marriage and new relationships – including contracting out (pre-nup) agreements
  • Domestic and International surrogacy and adoption
  • Domestic violence
  • Trusts and estates – including challenging wills and powers of attorney
  • Resolving disputes – including litigation relating to relationship property, wills and trusts