Divorce & Separation

Whatever stage your relationship is at, whether it’s beginning or ending, the Lawhub’s Christchurch and Hamilton based teams are in your corner and here to support you through your relationship property matters.

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Divorce & Separation Lawyers

Ending a relationship can be a difficult decision, especially if that decision to end things isn’t mutual.

At Lawhub, our separation lawyers in Christchurch can help you with all the issues that can arise from this sensitive situation, from preparing and filing the Dissolution Order paperwork necessary for a divorce, to helping you divide your property, and creating separation agreements so everyone is on the same page.

If you want to handle matters yourself, we can provide you with clear advice and guidance. We can also negotiate with your ex-partner’s lawyer, or if we can’t reach an agreement we can represent you in Family Court.

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Contracting Out Agreements

When a relationship looks promising and you’re asking someone to move in with you, talking to your lawyer can feel like you’re putting a damper on the situation. We prefer to say you’re hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.

For example, if one person already owns a home, or puts considerably more towards a house deposit than the other person in a relationship, and you separate after three years, the other person is entitled to half. Seeking advice early and protecting your assets in a contracting out agreement means that whatever happens, you won’t lose what you’ve worked hard for.

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Relationship Property

When separating or getting a divorce, one of the main hurdles that couples face is dividing their relationship property. In New Zealand,  the general rule is that once you have been in a marriage, civil union or de facto relationship of three years or more, in the event of a relationship breakdown, all relationship property should be divided equally between both parties.

At Lawhub, our team can assist you with creating a Relationship Property Agreement at the beginning of your relationship, which, once agreed upon and signed by each party, can protect your personal assets from division following a separation or divorce. We can also provide help and advice when it comes to the division of relationship property.

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Relationships Specialists

Aileen Odgers

Aileen Odgers

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Principal - LLB

Family, Surrogacy, Relationship Property/Matrimonial, General Law
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Romeo Margaritis

Romeo considers himself a general problem-solver and has a wide range of legal experience after over forty years practicing law across Canterbury.

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Consultant – LLB

Property/Conveyancing, Wills, Trusts, Estates, Commercial, Contract and General Law
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Joan Prado

Joan was drawn to immigration law as a way to help fellow migrants settle in New Zealand. She recognises that approaching a foreign legal system can seem intimidating, so hopes to overcome language and cultural barriers within New Zealand's immigration system, making the resettlement process as smooth as possible.

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Solicitor - B.Sc (Phils), LLB (Hons) (NZ)

Property/Conveyancing, Immigration, Wills and General Law
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