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Challenging trust property owned by one partner

What are trusts and how do they apply to relationship property? Firstly, even if you established the Trust, but your partner contributed to the assets, the Trust will not necessarily be separate property. This is true even if a third party established the Trust. To...

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Relationship Property Overseas: How the law applies to you

It is becoming increasingly more common for long distance relationships to be the norm where partners may be based overseas. Consequently, many have assets overseas, and may be curious as to how the law handles the division of relationship property. To begin, you...

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Contracting Out Agreements: 10 things you must know

The Property Relationships Act (the ‘Act’) allows couples to "opt out" of the "normal rules". These rules detail how the Family Court might divvy up your shared relationship property. Do this through a contracting out agreement. By making an agreement, you and your...

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Prenup agreement: when or should you get one?

What is a Prenup? This question is frequently asked by couples, wondering whether they should get a prenup agreement. Depending on your situation, we think this is a good idea. Recently this was the topic of a NZ Herald article, showing more and more couples consider...

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DIY Relationship Property Disputes

“See you in court” might be very satisfying to say after a bitter break-up, however, this strategy may not serve you that well in the long term. We have written on the key aspects of relationship property disputes before and your options when you have a relationship...

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Disputes over Relationship Property – Your Options

What to do when a relationship property dispute arises Property division between partners following the end of a relationship can become a complicated and drawn-out process. This is sometimes the case because parties may feel that filing Court proceedings against one...

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Relationship Property – The Fundamentals

The Property (Relationships) Act 1976 (“The Act”) applies to partners seeking to divide their relationship property following the end of their marriage, civil union, or de facto relationship. This article provides a brief account of how the Act enables NZ Courts to...

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What is the Agreeable Process?

The Agreeable Process combines the best aspects of mediation and arbitration to form an enhanced dispute resolution procedure. The result is a process that preserves relationships as best as possible while providing fair, efficient and conclusive resolutions to...

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