For Lawyers

Our team provides support not only directly to clients but also to their legal counsel.

We provide:

  • advice to lawyers around process options;
  • training in relation to the processes we offer; and
  • ongoing support and case management for any active cases with a dedicated case manager.

Contact us today by completing the form on this page and we can make a time to discuss how we can best help you in your practice.

The Brain Science of Conflict

Yesterday, we at the FDR Centre were delighted to co-host with NZDRC two sessions with Kathryn Berkett learning all about the neuroscience behind conflict. Sounds complicated? Luckily Kathryn is absolutely brilliant at communicating the science in a completely...

How is your divorce or separation impacting your child? And how can you support them through it?

By Tarryn Skilling Introduction The dissolution of a relationship, whether a divorce or separation, is never easy and is commonly experienced alongside a plethora of conflicting emotions. Professionals frequently describe this process as akin to grieving the death of...

Alalääkkölä v Palmer: Court of Appeal holds that copyrights can be relationship property but ownership may stay with creator

Written by Alexander Lyall The Court of Appeal (the Court) has issued a decision in the long-running matter over whether an artist could retain ownership of her copyrights under the scheme of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 (PRA).[1] A novel point of law for the...

Family Dispute Resolution

By Tarryn Skilling Child Inclusion Specialist - what does this newly developed role mean for Family Dispute Resolution? American Anthropologist Margaret Mead once said, “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it...

Elder Mediation

By Richard Pidgeon Do you need a neutral forum to reach decisions on the care of an elderly person? Background Caring for an ageing parent or grandparent can bring up emotions from the past. Disputes can stem from deep issues of sibling rivalry or role allocation or...

Marriage Mahr-ed by Alleged Violence?

Written by Richard Pidgeon Salih v Almarzooqi [2023] NZCA 645 represents the latest judgment in a long-running dispute over a Muslim marriage contract (Nikah) and the enforcement of the payment of a second conditional nuptial gift from the husband to his wife (Mahr)....

Misguided affection

Written by Richard Pidgeon In Peeling v Gordon [2023] NZFC 2857, an aunt sought to become her niece and nephew’s cultural adviser under the Care of Children Act 2004, after a failed attempt to have contact with them. This application was struck out as an abuse of the...

Elder Mediation – a “Sensible” Option

By Adrian Sharma   Family and relationship conflicts can occur around different issues. While we traditionally tend to think of family disputes centring around the distribution of property and custody of children, the reality is that a number of these conflicts...

THE ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION CENTRE (ADR CENTRE) LAUNCHES ITS DEDICATED WEBSITE

The ADR Centre launched its dedicated website. This follows the opening of the physical ADR Centre in August 2022, the first purpose-built centre for dispute resolution in New Zealand. The ADR Centre is the first true bricks-and-mortar centre for practitioners in New...

NZ High Court orders former spouses to ADR

By Sam Dorne Courts worldwide have long seen the benefits of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) such as mediation. However, the courts have either been constrained or unwilling to force parties to participate in the ADR process. The High Court in New Zealand has...

Child support to become fairer for sole parent beneficiaries from 1 July 2023

By Kate Holland Changes announced last week as part of the 2022 budget will affect how child support is paid to parents who receive a benefit at the sole parent rate. Starting 1 July 2023, child support payments will be passed on in full to these parents without the...
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