Family

Our team has a wealth of experience and expertise in family law.  Our Family Law specialists are well known for providing comprehensive advice and solutions.  

We take pride in being the best at what we do and are passionate about delivering good solutions about the things that matter most in life – your children, your safety, your financial wellbeing. 

Our Family Law specialists offer a full range of family law services and advocacy, including:

Relationship Property

Relationship Property         

If you are married, in a civil union partnership or in a de facto relationship, and your relationship ends you will be affected by the Property (Relationships) Act 1976. We can advise you on your rights under the Act.  Following the end of a relationship we can help you to achieve a good property settlement, by agreement or by litigation.                                           

Contracting Out Agreements            

You and your partner can reach your own agreement about how your property will be divided if you should separate in the future.  A Contracting Out Agreement will identify your property rights clearly and preserve the ownership of assets you or your partner wish to keep separate.  We will help you to reach an agreement that is right for you.

Family Trusts and Asset Planning     

Providing long-term protection and security for yourselves and your loved ones is a concern for most individuals and families.  We can help you structure and plan ownership to ensure your family's assets are protected and provide individually tailored solutions for property ownership.

Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney           

Having an up to date Will is one of the most important documents that you can have for your loved ones.  It makes sure your wishes are carried out and that arrangements are in place for your family when you pass away.We can help you with:

  • Preparing a new Will, or help you to review your existing Will.

  • Preparing Enduring Powers of Attorney which provide safeguards in the event of you becoming physically or mentally incapable.

OUR TEAM

Come meet our team.  Click the links to find out more about us and how we can help you: 
Kasey Templer, Partner leads our family team 
Shauna Nicol Senior Associate based in our Invercargill Office
Kate Wilkinson, Staff Solicitor based in our Invercargill Office
Emma Sloan, Law Clerk
Nichola Philpott, Personal Assistant and Client Liaison

 

Mary Flannery offers family services to our central otago based clients 
Kate McHugh senior associate based in Invercargill

 

SEPARATION

Separation  Advice                                                          

Dissolution

Domestic Violence

CHILDREN

Care of Children and Guardianship Issues

We can assist you to resolve disputes about arrangements for the care of children and help with disputes about making decisions about issues such as where the children attend school, where they live, and whether they can travel overseas (“guardianship disputes”).  There have been major changes to the way the Family Court operates.  We can provide advice and prepare documents for you to assist you to navigate your way through the system.

Adoption

Paternity 

Child Support      

Court and Mediation Services

Court Proceedings

Family Dispute Resolution Services and Mediation

Capacity Issues

Our Family Law specialists advise clients holding enduring powers of attorney or when someone has lost mental capacity.

We help clients:

  • Apply to the Family Court to be appointed as Welfare Guardians and Property Managers for people who have lost mental capacity.
  • Obtain directions from the Court regarding the exercise of their powers as attorneys.
  • Apply to revoke the appointment of an attorney.