The breakup of a relationship often involves the unwinding of lives and the division of assets. We recognise how stressful these situations are for those involved. With skilled and experienced help many matters can be resolved at an earlier stage by negotiation and agreement.  Court action can be taken if necessary.

For a tailor made solution, you and your partner can enter a relationship property agreement prior to or during the relationship to help combat any issues that may arise.

For experienced and practical advice in all aspects of relationship property law contact Becker & Co.

 

 

Let our experienced & professional relationship property lawyers resolve your situation as quickly as possible.

 

 

The Property (Relationships) Act 1976 applies to partners who are married, in a civil union or a de facto relationship.

 

There is a strong presumption that the parties will share equally in the family home and relationship chattels on separation but there are some exceptions. For example, if there are "extraordinary circumstances... that will make equal sharing repugnant to justice"; the relationship is of a short duration; or if the property is separate property.

 

In some cases, assets in a trust or one partner's rights in a trust may be brought into the relationship property pool.

 

A contracting out agreement may be entered into prior or during the parties' relationship for the purpose of determining the distribution of assets at the end of the relationship, upon separation, upon death or for estate planning purposes. To be valid there are certain statutory requirements which must be adhered to.

 

Our Family Law specialists offer a full range of relationship property services and can be contacted on relationship.property@becker.co.nz

 

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