Family Law

Community law can provide legal advice to parents on a range of issues to do with the guardianship of children, such as:

  • Care arrangements when parents have separated, including how to apply for a parenting order if there’s a dispute about day-to-day care or contact
  • Parents moving (“relocating”) within New Zealand, and abduction of children from New Zealand
  • Child support, including when a parent is responsible for paying child support and how the amount is calculated
  • Paternity (fatherhood), and how the paternity of a child can be legally established
  • termination (abortion) law
  • Adoption, including who can adopt and how the adoption process works.

If you want immediate information, the relevant section of the Community Law Manual may be able to answer your questions.

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 8, 203 Willis St

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