Family | Relationships
Need help with a relationship problem? Or do you just want to put things in order?
We can help you with pre-nuptial contracting out agreements, separation agreements, property sharing agreements, powers of attorney, living wills and advanced care directions, personal and property rights applications, and elder care issues.
We can make sure all those things mesh with your business, personal, trust or investment position.
We can also advise you about what to do when you separate from your spouse or partner, what your rights are and what your obligations are. Sometimes that means negotiating an agreement but sometimes it means going to Court to sort it out.
A bit of forward planning by talking about things and making agreements can often prevent later problems. We give wise, confidential advice based on extensive experience.
Do you have your family affairs in order?
Property Sharing Agreements
When you enter into a relationship, it is important to make sure your property is protected. When you separate it is important to divide your property fairly. We can advise you about agreements to achieve those goals.
When you marry, or enter into a de facto relationship or a civil union you need to think about the effect that will have on any property you own. Sometimes if your property is not protected by an agreement it can mean that your partner could claim against your property if you separate. That can even happen if you live together with someone for three years.
To avoid future problems we can advise you on how best to protect your assets in a way that best suits you. Often that involves making a relationship property agreement.
If things go bad, our disputes resolution team can help people resolve their matrimonial disputes effectively and with minimum distress.
Separations and Divorce
If you have recently separated and are unsure about what to do, call one of our team for an initial consultation.
Unfortunately, separations can sometimes get messy. Our goal is to keep that from happening, by providing common-sense and practical advice.
We know how to explain the law in a simple way and guide you through the process so that you always understand what is going on.
If things do go south, we have lawyers experienced in bringing and defending Court proceedings at all levels of the Court system.
We prioritise keeping costs down, and have a range of flexible payment options available to suit all budgets.
Our Family Team
- Megan Bawden Director RCpN, LLB(Hons) | Life Planning Team Leader Megan graduated with a LLB(Hons) in 2006 from the University of Auckland as a Senior Scholar in Law. Contact
- Ryan Welsh Associate LLB, BSc Ryan graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Science in 1997 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1998. Contact
- Natalie Town Senior Lawyer LLB, BA Natalie grew up in Auckland and recently relocated to the warmer climes of Whangarei. Contact
- David Adams Lawyer LLB, BA (Hons) David's specialist areas are civil litigation, relationship property and contentious trust and estate matters. Contact
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