News & Resources
Self-identification of sex simplified through the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill
A move from a medicalised process to a personal expression of self-identity.
COVID-19 vaccination of children: What if one parent doesn’t agree?
There is no legal or regulatory requirement (vaccine mandate) for tamariki or children to be vaccinated. This means it is up to a child’s legal guardians to decide if they want their child to be vaccinated. Such a decision may be straightforward in many households – but what if one parent doesn’t agree?
Attending the Family Court and managing shared parenting arrangements under the Traffic Light System
Many families and whānau have shared parenting agreements and/or have ongoing proceedings within the Family Court. The courts are an essential service which remain open at each traffic light setting (Red, Orange and Green). However, to minimise the spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Justice has developed court entry requirements which apply under each of the traffic light settings.
Rainey v Kwok: Why maintenance needs an overhaul
Associate Rachel Rosser has been published in the New Zealand Law Journal. Rachel comments on a recent Court of Appeal case where ongoing maintenance was awarded to a de facto partner for an extended period of time, and explains why the current maintenance system needs an overhaul.
UPDATE - Childcare Arrangements for Separated Parents at Alert Level 3
The Ministry of Justice has released new guidance for parenting arrangements while NZ is at Alert Level 3.
Family Dispute Resolution for non-urgent parenting disputes
Family Dispute Resolution (“FDR”) is a mediation service, designed to help separated couples and their families resolve disagreements regarding care of children.