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Family Law in New Zealand, 18th edition

Family Law in New Zealand, 18th edition

Mark Henaghan, Bill Atkin, John Caldwell, Dale Clarkson, Kirsty Swadling, Ruth Ballentyne, Shonagh Burnhill, 2017

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Family Law in New Zealand, 18th edition, is a consolidation of selected commentary from the Family Law Service and is current as at 1 July 2017.


Format: Paperback


Family Law in New Zealand, now in its 18th edition, is written by a panel of family law experts and presents the current principles and trends of New Zealand family law in a clear and concise manner. With in-depth commentary, covering both legislation and case law, it is an invaluable resource for both students and practitioners who need to have a portable, authoritative and quick-reference resource at their fingertips. For this edition, the text has been thoroughly updated with the inclusion of the most important recent case law.



• Updated with the most important case law
• An authoritative commentary on New Zealand family law
• The perfect title for students and practitioners of family law


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MARK HENAGHAN is dean and professor of Law at the University of Otago, specialising in family law, and a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

BILL ATKIN is a professor in the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington. He has taught a wide range of subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels over many years, including family law, law and medicine, torts, welfare law, elder law, and law and religion.

JOHN CALDWELL is an associate professor in law at the University of Canterbury and currently is the tutor for honours students there.

DALE CLARKSON has had a long and distinguished career as a judge, educator and practitioner of family law. She retired in 2006 and now sits predominantly in the Family Court as an acting warranted judge.

KIRSTY SWADLING is a barrister and mediator with over 25 years’ experience in litigation and dispute resolution with particular emphasis on civil and family disputes.

RUTH BALLANTYNE is a Professional Practice Fellow at the University of Otago Faculty of Law and her research interests are in child poverty, domestic violence, relocation, paternity, surrogacy, and intercountry adoption.

SHONAGH BURNHILL is a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand specialising in civil and family disputes. She is currently part of the Ministry of Social Development and Oranga Tamariki, representing the Ministries in Court and providing legal advice and advocacy services.

Table of Contents

1. Family dispute resolution
2. Day-to-day care and contact
3. Relocation
4. Hague convention cases
5. Guardianship
6. Guardianship of the court
7. Change of name
8. Paternity
9. Children, young persons, and their families
10. Adoption
11. Child support
12. Maintenance
13. Relationship property
14. Domestic violence
15. Practice and procedure

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