Family Law

Community Law has Specialist Sessions for Family Law at both of our offices, once a week each. Like all of our sessions, they are whānau-friendly, and you are welcome to bring your children. We have whānau rooms available, which have toys, books, colouring, and comfortable places to breastfeed and change nappies.

These sessions are staffed by lawyers who specialise in Family Law, and who can provide legal advice on a range of Family issues, including:

  • Separation and divorce
  • Care arrangements when parents have separated, including Parenting Orders
  • Parents moving within, or outside of, New Zealand
  • Child support
  • Oranga Tamariki (or the Ministry for Children, previously known as CYFS)
  • Domestic violence, family violence, and sexual violence, including: help understanding whether your relationship is violent, filing for Protection Orders, and support getting safe
  • Termination (abortion) law
  • Adoption
  • Elder abuse.


If you want immediate information, the following sections of the Community Law Manual might be able to answer your questions:

We are currently unable to provide advice and assistance about Wills, Enduring Power of Attorney (EPOA), and Relationship Property; however, we are able to provide you with information and referrals.


If you are in an unsafe relationship or home situation, please do not hesitate to call us on 04 499 2928 and ask for urgent help outside of these session times. All of our services are totally private and confidential, and we are here to support you.

Our specialist family law clinics are held every week at the following times

  • Monday 10am – 12pm in our Lower Hutt | Te Awa Kairangi Office, Level 2, 59 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt
  • Wednesday 12pm – 2pm in our Wellington | Te Whanganui-a-Tara office, Level 2, 15 Dixon st, Wellington

Please also check our outreach clinic timetable for services in your suburb.