Relationship Property

Separating or starting a new relationship? Find out your relationship property rights.

Relationships can be complicated.  If you are at the beginning of your relationship, you will need advice on how to protect your property.  If you are at the end of your relationship, you will need advice on dividing the property.  There may also be issues around the arrangements for the care of the children. That’s where consulting an experienced relationship property lawyer can be invaluable.

Shine Lawyers are experts in helping clients get a fair and equitable settlement when a relationship ends and protecting their rights when they embark on a new relationship. We go above and beyond for our clients – we recognise that a separation can be a difficult and stressful time for you and we always strive to make it less so.

Although it can be ideal to resolve disputes without resorting to litigation, we also have the skills and experience to litigate in the Family Court or the High Court.  

Our focus is on giving our clients the support and resources to get the best possible resolution.

Beginning a relationship – making a relationship property agreement

When you have built up assets before a relationship, it is always wise to get legal advice at the start of a relationship, to keep things clear and fair if you separate or one of you dies. 

Shine Lawyers can help you by drafting a contracting out agreement, also known as a prenup or a prenuptial agreement.  Shine Lawyers can also give you advice on a draft agreement that has been prepared by your partner’s lawyer.  

Ending a relationship

Separation can be very challenging, emotionally and legally.  Shine Lawyers provides clear, calm, and effective advice without unduly escalating the situation or resulting in costly litigation. 

After a breakup, there can be confusion surrounding what is legally your own separate property and what is shared relationship property.  You may be uncertain about how to divide the property.  We have the expertise to clarify your unique situation and advise you on where you stand.

When children are involved, most parents want to separate with the least possible negative impact on the child. Shine Lawyers help you navigate this process with calm and effective support to achieve the best possible outcome.

Expert relationship property lawyers – how Shine can help.

Shine Lawyers can advise you on all aspects of ending a de facto relationship, civil union, or marriage, including:


Who is Shine Lawyers New Zealand's Relationship Property team?

Shine Lawyers’ Relationship Property team includes some of the firm’s most experienced solicitors and support staff. The team includes:

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