This regulatory area governs family law in Aotearoa New Zealand. It provides the framework for adult relationships (including relationship property), parent-child relationships, and for resolving disputes when relationships end.
This area includes the following systems:
The adult relationships system is primarily about the regulation of people’s personal relationships, for example marriage or civil union, and ownership of property. One of the system’s objectives is to ensure fairness in the division of property as this is often the focus following the end of a relationship or the death of one party. It also protects the interests of vulnerable adults who are unable to fully manage their own care and property matters.
The remedies provided in this system are for the distribution or control of property and assets under direction of the courts.
The parent-child regulatory system defines and regulates relationships between children and their parents or guardians. This system:
In 2018, the Minister of Justice appointed an Independent Panel to review the 2014 reforms to the family justice system. Information on the review can be found at: