About the Practical Guidance
Family Dispute Resolution module
As dispute resolution becomes a key process in New Zealand's family law system, our latest module, Family Dispute Resolution, is your go-to solution for understanding what the new legislation means to you.
You can rely on this trusted, comprehensive and up-to-date resource which addresses key topic areas to navigate you through the minefield of unprecedented legislative and procedural changes.
Our easy to interpret overviews, guidance notes, checklists, precedents, forms, cases, commentary and legislation, allow you to hit the ground running, giving you knowledge of how to apply the new legislation, relevant to you.
The only resource of its kind, this module is authored by experts with a practical perspective that helps mediators, arbitrators, counsellors and lawyers understand the practical and non-legal aspects of the Bill.
Whether you are looking for a resource to help you understand your new responsibilities, or you are considering moving into this growth area, you can get your fast, easy and trusted legal resource with Practical Guidance - Family Dispute Resolution.
- 8 Topics
- 20 Subtopics each with Overviews
- 38 Guidance notes
- 42 Precedents
- 22 Checklists
- 55 'Read more' links
- 100+ Legislative references
- Legal framework
- When is FDR not required?
- Special challenges and obstacles
- Preparing for FDR
- Maintaining the child focus
- Models and goals
- Settlement issues
- Miscellaneous issues
- Family Law Service
- Fisher on Matrimonial and Relationship Property
- Cross on Evidence (NZ)
- 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
Nigel Dunlop - Barrister and Mediator
BA (psychology) and LLB
Nigel practised family law in the courts for some 30 years. He was lawyer for the child for 25 of those years. He was a Youth Advocate for almost 20 years.
Nowadays Nigel does not practise in the courts but focuses on alternative dispute resolution. Additionally he sits on a number of statutory tribunals.
Nigel trained as a mediator in 1983 and has been mediating family and other disputes since then. He has undertaken hundreds of mediations for the Family Court.
Nigel is the Convener of the Mental Health Review Tribunal. He also sits on tribunals relating to international student education and retirement villages.
Anet Kate - Mediation Services Limited
Mediator and Lecturer
BA (Political Studies), LLB (Hons) (Auckland), MCR (La Trobe, Melbourne)
Anet is a Family Court Mediator, dealing with all aspects of parenting, separation and divorce mediation, relationship property, same-gender relationship and other non-traditional family disputes.With a background as a Family Court Barrister for 9 years, she is also a mindfulness mediation expert, a Cinergy Conflict Coach (TM) and University Lecturer. A conflict resolution professional since 1990, Anet teaches, coaches, trains and supervises others in conflict conversations. Particular interests include cultural, family, refugee, same-gender and other minority issues, and assisting others to bring peace into present and past relationships.
Anet's present focus is in teaching communication and creating opportunities for resolution in diverse family mediations, or earlier, using the process and language of empowerment. She is currently conducting research to assess and provide culturally appropriate conflict resolution to refugee, migrant and other minority groups in New Zealand. The preferred resolution model for her is mindful transformative.
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.
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.