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The New Zealand Relationship Property Survey 2019

By Jamie Dobson Business advisory firm Grant Thornton and the Law Society’s Family Law Section have released the report on their second survey of the trends and issues impacting on the practice of relationship property law. An initial survey was conducted in 2017. The 2019 survey builds on some observations of that…

Law Commission recommends a new Act for dividing property when people separate

The Law Commission has concluded its review of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 (PRA) by recommending an overhaul of the way couples should divide property when they separate. The Commission proposes Parliament repeal the PRA and replace it with a new Act. Although the new Act would contain some familiar…

Having your cake ...?

Having been registered as the beneficial owner of a half share of a property, Ms Potter was entitled to a half share of the sale proceeds regardless of how the initial purchase was funded. On 21 December 2017, the Supreme Court released its decision in Horsfall v Potter [2017] NZSC 196.…

The Supreme Court's approach to economic disparity claims

The Supreme Court recently considered the application of economic disparity under section 15 of the Property (Relationships) Act in Scott v Williams [2017] NZSC 185. The issue to be determined in respect of s 15 was whether the amount awarded to Ms Scott was correct. Section 15 provides the court with…
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