Family Law

family law

Family Law – how we can help

At Stevens Orchard Lawyers, we have experience in a wide range of family law disputes and represent clients in:

  • Estate administration
  • Testamentary claims and disputes
  • Parenting, guardianship and adoption
  • Relationship property
  • Contracting out agreements
  • Lawyer for child
  • Mediation

Division of Property in Relationship Breakdowns

As family lawyers based in both Nelson and Westport, we work across alongside families to resolve issues in the most satisfactory way possible.This may involve the division of property and assets when a relationship breaks down. We can act in relation to separation and division of relationship property and can prepare and provide independent legal advice in respect of contracting out agreements.

Domestic Violence

Our lawyers work with clients in cases of domestic violence and have the necessary skills and experience, along with a desire to work alongside clients as a team, rather than simply representing them.

As lawyers working in Family law we can also assist with estate administration, testamentary claims and disputes.

Parenting Disputes

Parenting disputes,  such as who will provide care and have contact with the children, can be traumatic for all involved.  For this reason Lee Stevens, a Nelson based family lawyer, is also a Lawyer for child appointed by the Family Court and an Accredited Mediator.

At Stevens Orchard Lawyers we have qualified lawyers to represent clients who are eligible for legal aid and those who are eligible for the Family Legal Assistance Service (FLAS) including for mediation and where Court proceedings have been filed or are contemplated.

We can advise and act in relation to guardianship disputes which may include:

  • disputes over schooling
  • name changes
  • relocation
  • religion.

Adoption / Guardianship

We can advise and act in relation to adoption and the appointment of additional guardians.