Welcome to the Family Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society.

The Family Law Section represents the interests of approximately 1000 New Zealand family law practitioners. It has primary responsibility on behalf of the Society in all areas of family law and has a strong and active voice in relation to such issues as Family Courts management, the independence of the Family Court, Lawyer for Child rates, legal aid rates, and education. 

New Family Justice system

There is a new section in the members’ area of the website which contains information for FLS members, including factsheets, court forms and affidavits in word formats and a number of frequently asked questions that will assist members with the new Family Justice system.  Members will be advised by email bulletin when new information is posted.  This information is available for FLS members only and can be accessed here


Auckland Xmas Function 2014

The Section’s regional representatives warmly invite you to this year’s Auckland Christmas function, to be held at Freeman & Grey on 3 December.

 If you would like to attend, please RSVP by 27 November as per the invitation. RSVP's can only be accepted with payment.

We do hope you can join us to celebrate the end of another busy year.

FLS Auckland - lunchtime forum, 26 November 2014

Michelle Melville-Smith will be speaking on the psychological services that Triple P provide including:

• evidence based parenting interventions
• child therapy (social skills, grief, separation, attachment, anxiety and depression)
• family therapy
• cognitive and academic assessments
• relationship counselling and mediation
• counselling with adults (depression, anxiety, anger management)
• facilitation of the Parenting Through Separation course
• supervision

Michelle will also:

• explain what the Triple P Positive Parenting Programme is and how it works
• introduce the Triple P team
• let you know how to contact Triple P and their costs

Wednesday 26 November
New Zealand Law Society seminar room
WHK Tower, Level 5, 51 Shortland Street, Auckland
1.00 to 2.00pm

Feel free to bring your lunch
No RSVP necessary


Family Dispute Resolution

Recent reforms to the family justice system establish a new Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) service in relation to disputes about parenting and guardianship arrangements.

From the end of March 2014 if you want to provide either state funded or private FDR services under the new system you will have to belong to and be appointed by an Approved Dispute Resolution Organisation (ADRO).

The New Zealand Law Society has been approved as an ADRO and is tasked with appointing individual FDR providers who meet and continue to meet the requirements and competencies prescribed for FDR. The Law Society welcomes applications from qualified practitioners who wish to be appointed as FDR providers. Read more

Guidelines for Mediators

Guidelines on supervision for mediators can be found here.

NZLS Panel of Mediators

The service is currently available to members of the NZLS and its Family Law Section and has been developed to ensure that the quality of mediation undertaken by family lawyers is of the highest standard.

By joining the NZLS Panel of Mediators as a Family Specialist, you will be able to demonstrate that you have achieved a certain level of training and experience in family mediation, and that you are committed to maintaining a high standard of mediation in your practice.

The NZLS Panel of Mediators section on my.lawsociety.org.nz provides details on membership, accreditation and training, along with relevant resources, guidelines and precedents.

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