Family Law

Family disputes can be very stressful, becoming a time of high emotion and conflict.  The Family Law Team at Webb Farry Lawyers, headed by Partner Kimberly Jarvis, are experts at helping people calmly navigate the law to get the best solution to their family law problems.

When you are going through a separation (or “divorce”) there are many things that need to be considered:

  • How will property be divided (relationship property and trust property)?
  • How will ongoing financial commitments be met (maintenance, child support, interim distribution of relationship property)?
  • Who gets to look after the children (parenting orders, day-to-day care or “custody,” and contact or “access”)?
  • How will decisions about the children’s lives be made (guardianship directions, including relocation, paternity disputes)?
  • How will the parties keep themselves safe (protection orders and family violence/domestic violence issues)?
  • How are overseas issues dealt with (foreign assets, enforcement of New Zealand Court orders overseas, jurisdictional issues)?
  • How can negotiations reached between parties be formalised (independent advice on relationship property agreements, dissolution of marriage, Parenting Agreements)?

Disputes can also arise after a family member has died.  Webb Farry Lawyers assist with claims against Estates where family members have been disinherited, or have not been adequately provided for in a Will.  Claims can be brought under the Family Protection Act 1955 by family members, and under the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 for surviving spouses or partners to challenge distributions under Estates.

Webb Farry Lawyers also specialises in applications for appointment as Welfare Guardians and Property Managers under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988 (“PPPR”) where people have lost mental capacity.  

Webb Farry’s Family Law team

Kimberly JarvisBen TaylorTineke JanninkRachel Stedman