About the Practical Guidance
Family Law module
Practical Guidance is designed by practice area, so all your Family Law legal resources are accessed from the one place.
Utilise practical legal tools such as handy guidance notes, checklists, forms and precedents to guide you through less familiar topic areas. Topics cover important matters such as guardianship, adoption, relocation, child support, domestic violence, ending relationships and assisted reproduction.
Stay up to date with essential family law cases and legislation, with regular content updates. You can also quickly reference excerpts and full text from selected judgments and key legislation, such as the Family Law Service, New Zealand Law Reports and Unreported Judgments.
This highly comprehensive module includes over 100 guidance notes, 50+ legal topic overviews, 30+ checklists and dozens of precedents.
- 17 Topics
- 79 Subtopics each with Overviews
- 260 Guidance notes
- 49 Checklists
- 52 Forms
- 65 Precedents
- 540 Cases
- 298 'Read more' links
- 575 Legislative references
- Assisted reproduction
- Birth and birth certificates
- Care, control and contact (children)
- Assisted reproduction
- Relocation of child
- International child abduction
- Child support
- Relationship status
- Domestic violence
- Ending relationships
- Income support
- Relationship property
- Protected property
- Family Law Service
- Fisher on Matrimonial and Relationship Property
- The Laws of New Zealand
- New Zealand Family Law Journal
- New Zealand Forms and Precedents
- New Zealand Law Reports
- New Zealand Family Law Reports
- District Court Reports
- Unreported Judgments
- New Zealand Statutes
- New Zealand Regulations
Catriona Doyle - Family Law Specialists
Director and Solicitor
Family law litigator, lawyer for child, Hague Convention specialist, accredited mediator
LLB and BA majoring in Political Studies (Otago University), admitted in 1993
Catriona is the director of Family Law Specialists, a six lawyer full-service family law practice based in Porirua. She has 20 years' experience as a lawyer specialising in providing advice and advocacy on a full range of family law matters including protection, child care, adoption, surrogacy, property and estate planning matters. She is regularly appointed by the Family Court to represent children and incapacitated persons in both the Family and High Court jurisdictions. She also appears in Hague Convention cases.
Catriona has significant experience mentoring lawyers employed in her firm and in presenting at local and national conferences. In 2012 she presented papers at the Women's Refuge Conference and the Lexis Nexis Property Masterclass about the proposed changes to the Family Court and the likely impact of those proposed changes on Family Court users.
As the Deputy Chair of the Family Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society, Catriona was the manager of the Family Law Section's Symposium to the Minister of Justice on the proposed changes to the Family Court. She has also presented to Select Committees on the amendments to the Child Support Act and the Family Court Proceedings Reform Bill.
Catriona has a particular interest in legal aid issues and has been appointed as a member of the recently formed Legal Services Advisory Board, set up by the Minister of Justice to provide high level and strategic advice on the legal aid system.
Catriona is also an accredited mediator and undertakes family mediations for the court.
Debbie Dunbar - Morrison Kent
Family law litigator
Bachelor of Laws
Debbie is a Partner with the Wellington based law firm Morrison Kent. Debbie is a family law specialist, with extensive knowledge and experience in the area. She has litigation experience in a range of areas, including family law, and has made regular appearances before the Family Court. Debbie is especially skilled at putting the law into clear, simple and understandable terms
Jeremy Sutton - Barrister
LLB University of Auckland, BCA Victoria University
Jeremy specialises in relationship property and family law. Jeremy is an experienced family litigator, and has a wealth of experience representing clients at mediations, in the Family, District and High Courts, and at the Court of Appeal. Jeremy is a passionate advocate for the wellbeing of children and young people and was privileged to be appointed as a Youth Advocate. Jeremy also manages a team of family lawyers in his Chambers; he has a practical approach and tries to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients as quickly and economically as possible.