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When a crisis arises in your relationship you need instant knowledge,  support and advice to so that you can make good decisions in the first few hours and days of a separation.

We think we can help you   .  .  .  .  .

READ THIS FULL PAGE FIRST.     IT'S NOT VERY LONG

All sorts of things will probably be going round in your head.

  • Do we have to separate?
  • Counselling?
  • Will there be custody and access problems?
  • What about joint property?
  • What about maintenance?
  • Do I need a lawyer straightaway?
  • Legal Aid?
  • Is there any thing I need to do immediately?

You need to get some knowledge on board NOW so that you can make rational decisions about the future.

Counselling through the Family Court is free.   Use it.   It will create an atmosphere with the least emotion to provide at least a platform to work out many of the other issues.

Gather around you some wise and supportive frinds.  Now,  perhaps more than any other time in your life,  you need the benefit of supportive,  but objective,  friends.

You will feel all sorts of emotions  -  Sorrow,  pain,  loneliness and perhaps bitterness and anger.   But none of these emotions assist in making good decisions.   So spend some time getting to understand the law and the procedures which will help you make those correct decisions.

Have a very quick scan through the many Family law topics accessed through the following links :

 Our Family Law Index accessed from our Home Page.

The same Index accessed from the drop down box above.

Our  related topics from the boxes at the top and the bottom of this page.

Our specific topics accessed instantaneously from the blue links below.

Counselling

Separation

Access/Custody/Guardianship

Child Support

Maintenance of Partner

Property ( Relationships ) Act 1976

Domestic Violence

Spend some time considering all the information we can provide you throughout this whole Website.   We know this will assist you greatly and save you money.

Good luck  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 



 

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24-Jun-07
"Really helpful "one stop shop". This topic attracted me to your website but when I opened up all the topics - WOW - I am going to join up a second time. I have used it for Wills, Neighbour Disputes, Trusts and Speeding Infringements and have read most of the topics. Think I will go to Law School! Great. Kayla - South Dunedin"
26-Jun-07
"Helpful and interesting. Se Ya again, Netlaw - Jon - Auckland Central"
Feedback/Blogs/Reviews from related topic: Adoption Act 1955
"This topic delivered what it promised. Documents and ideas and some tips. I was happy. Miriam (Not rael name, but name supplied) Hamilton."
"I see that the documents posted on the Family Court of New Zealand now differ to the ones posted on your site, example form A4 consent to adoption -http://www.justice.govt.nz/courts/family-court/documents/forms/pdf/A4.pdf/view?searchterm=form%20a4
It asks for different information on the front page, e..g deponent and with or without notice, what does all this mean, and how do I complete this part of the form?
Do you have a sample of one of these forms completed?
Regards
Steve"

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"Well worth reading. I don't think I will have any more kids!! Louise J Auckland March 2007"
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"Well worth reading. I don't think I will have any more kids!! Louise J Auckland March 2007"
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"I did my dissolution from all your documents and tips. JGH - Auckland - June 2007"
"Hi, great site! I need a bit more help. I need to serve dissolution papers on my ex-husband. However, he cannot be found. I can apply to the court to have them served on his mum instead using the form interlocutory application without notice AND filling in a general Affidavit form. I can't find any help for this on this pages. Also, do I put that my application for one party is made with or without notice? (first page).

Netlaw replies -You have obviously accessed our Dissolution site. Also access our Family Court Rules topic. Our basic documents are correct but you can double check them by going to the Dissolution topic and clicking on to the Direct Link to the Family Court Website. When that topic opens up, scroll down to FORMS, then on to LIST OF FORMS then on to FORMS UNDER FAMILY PROCEEDINGS ACT then down to Forms 11 and 12. Don't forget you have to add an Information Sheet and we have a topic Information Sheet. So that gets you started. 3 documents there.

Right, then go to our topic Family Court Rules and click on to those Rules through the Direct Link provided. When the Rules come up (a little longer if you are only on dial up) then choose Rule 126 which tells you all about substituted service. You need a simple Application (Without Notice) following the same format as your main Application and you need an Affidavit in Support of Application for Substituted Service. 2 documents. You do not need a second Information sheet.

Take your time. But put in the reasons why you need substituted service. Say where he might be, when you last had contact with him, where his extended family live etc. Cheers . . . . Netlaw

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"I did my own documents and got before a Judge and got my own order for protection. I reckon I did it faster then my lawyer last time I need such an order two years ago.
Thank you . . . . Sandie (not my real name)"

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". . . . bloody helpful for me to get through the thicket of Rules and procedures . . . Frankie - Tauranga - February 2007"
"I just want to agree . . . JCH - Auckland"
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"The best topic I have seen so far. Everything I needed. My lawyer said I needed to pay in $2000 to get the thing started. I did it myself. It took some effort but I got there. He did not defend it and now, thanks to Netlaw and the Court staff, I have my Order from the Court in my hand. Money well spent (Identity withheld) Auckland - June 2007"
"Excellent documents and access to the precise law.The Court staff were helpful. Gayle. Coromandel."
"Really useful. One letter (and some draft documents) from me did the trick. I did not need to go near a lawyer. The "other" person was my partner's "ex" and she followed me to work almost every day threatening me but not in a criminal way The Police said she had not committed a crime. My letter worked. She has not done it since but my response looked really professional. Thanks - Barbara - Tauranga "
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"Great coverage. Keep updating the whole website, Netlaw. Barbara K - Hamilton"
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"Dear Netlaw
Our father was in a semi-coma when he got married and died 3-days later. Can this form of marriage be invalidated, (in particular, annulled through not being consummated)? Your expertise will be gratefully received again, thanks.

Netlaw replies: Non consummation is no longer a ground for dissolution but, under section 31 of the Family Proceedings Act 1980, a Family Court can declared void a marriage if there was an absence of true consent at the time of the marriage. If he was in a semi coma, it would be difficult to prove full consent. That could therefore void the marriage."

Feedback/Blogs/Reviews from related topic: Adoption Act 1955
"I did my own documents and got before a Judge and got my own order for protection. I reckon I did it faster then my lawyer last time I need such an order two years ago.
Thank you . . . . Sandie (not my real name)
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"Good helpful information and tips on all of your family law topics topics. Keep it coming Netlaw. Judi - Invercargill"
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"I was accused wrongly. It is an awful process to go through. But I found the Notice of Defence document on your site and I could not find it anywhere else. I tried and tried. So good on Netlaw. The Court ordered blood tests and I had to pay half but then those blood tests excluded me and now I am asking the court to make her pay me back. I will let you know what happens This topic on paternity helped me greatly. Jon A -South Auckland"
Feedback/Blogs/Reviews from related topic: Adoption Act 1955
"I did my own documents and got before a Judge and got my own order for protection. I reckon I did it faster then my lawyer last time I need such an order two years ago.
Thank you . . . . Sandie (not my real name)"

"Don't forget, you can do it yourself but if you are ona benefit your lawyer gets paid by legal aid. Annie Y - Auckland"
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