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Introduction: the Separation Agreement If you are separating out of a marriage or de-facto relationship, or getting a divorce, you should consider getting a separation agreement. Other than Court, it is the only valid way of dividing relationship property once a...read more
Construction in New Zealand appears to be at an all-time high. This will no doubt have welcome consequences for increased infrastructure, but it can also mean increased construction disputes with little time to resolve them given project management timelines. ...read more
“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...read more
We often see disputes where the parties do not want to go to court. This could be because of the cost of the court process, or some other reason entirely. In these cases, we often suggest mediation for the parties. Mediation is frequently considered as a way to...read more
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...read more
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...read more
Building a house can be an incredibly exciting time, however, it can also lead to disagreements or disputes.¹ The relationship between you and your builder/contractors is defined by the contract that you have both agreed to. Disputes may arise when the parties have...read more
A mediation is a confidential negotiation facilitated by an independent and impartial third party (the mediator). Mediation is steadily growing in popularity as a dispute resolution process for the following reasons: Cost Preparation for a mediation is far less...read more
An arbitration is a private dispute resolution process that has many similarities to a court proceeding. The parties present their cases to one or more arbitrators (usually an odd number to prevent a “tie”) who then impose a legally binding decision. Arbitration has...read more
The CODR 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 disputes....read more
Even a seemingly straight-forward dispute can often have many dimensions that reveal themselves once the resolution procedure begins. If you are interested in finding out more, please make an enquiry, or call 0800 CODR 00.