News - July 2016

Family Protection Act Claims

July 28, 2016 | Debbie Dunbar

The Family Protection Act allows certain family members who have not been properly provided for under a will to seek provision from an estate for maintenance and support. A recent case gives us...Read More

Breaches of Parenting Orders

July 28, 2016 | Debbie Dunbar

Various things can be done if someone breaches, contravenes or fails to comply with a parenting order.  Not following a court order is taken seriously, but what the most appropriate course of...Read More

Dissolution of a marriage - Divorce law at Morrison Kent

Dissolution of a Marriage or Civil Union

July 28, 2016 | Maretta Twentyman

Obtaining a formal divorce (dissolution) involves an application being made to the Family Court and payment of a filing fee. This can either be done jointly with your spouse or partner or...Read More

Domestic Violence and Protection Orders

July 28, 2016 | Debbie Dunbar

The Family Court can make a protection order under the Domestic Violence Act if they are satisfied that there has been physical, sexual or psychological abuse between people in certain...Read More

De-facto relationships

What is a de facto relationship?

July 20, 2016 | Debbie Dunbar

The Property (Relationships) Act 1976 ("the Act") defines this as a relationship between any two persons who are both aged 18 years or older, who live together as a couple, and who are not...Read More

Spousal Maintenance

July 14, 2016 | Debbie Dunbar

When a couple separate, one partner may have an ongoing liability to financially support the other.  This obligation is known as "spousal maintenance" and is dealt with by the Family Proceedings...Read More

New Zealand Foreign Trusts Under the Spotlight

July 14, 2016 | Bethan Boscher

Following the recent media attention to the New Zealand Foreign Trust (“NZFT”) industry, John Shewan, appointed by the New Zealand Government to conduct a review on the product, has released...Read More