Relationship Property

Relationship Property law deals with the property rights of married, de facto or civil union couples during a relationship, upon separation or when one of them dies.   Relationship property laws generally apply to all married, civil-union and de facto couples who have been in a relationship for three years or more.

Members of chambers can provide advice at the beginning or during a relationship and in regard to asset structuring prior to even commencing a relationship.  Couples may want to keep particular property or contributions to property separate or to provide that property remains for the benefit of children from a previous relationship.

Bankside barristers can also provide advice about property rights when a relationship ends, including where property consists of various companies, trusts or other entities either in New Zealand or overseas.  At the end of a relationship issues such as spousal maintenance, child support and other claims may need to be considered.

Barristers at Bankside Chambers have acted as counsel in bringing or defending claims under the Property (Relationships) Act 1976, the Family Proceedings Act 1980 and other statutes and legal principles.  Members have represented clients at all levels of the New Zealand Courts – the Family Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court – and in mediations.

Members of Chambers include leading writers and presenters on the topic of Relationship Property Law.

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