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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...

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4 Tips to Avoid Construction Disputes

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. Although...

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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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Before Mediation: 5 Ways to Help Solve a Dispute Yourself

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...

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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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Construction Disputes

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...

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What is Mediation?

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...

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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.