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. 


FLS National Roadshows – Changes to the Family Justice system

A number of meetings are being organised for FLS members in regions around the country.  FLS Chair Allan Cooke will be attending together the Executive member assigned to a particular region.  These meetings are for FLS members only.  The purpose of these meetings is to discuss any local issues members may be experiencing since the implementation of the changes to the Family Justice system, identify a number of key Family Courts Rules that may assist members to navigate the new system and to talk to members about the focus of the FLS in the next 12 months.  As details are confirmed for each meeting, an invitation will be posted on the website.  Members are able to claim 1 CPD hour for attending the meeting.  Please print the invitation and bring it to the meeting as it contains verification details to be able to claim your CPD hour.

17 September – North Shore – 1.00pm – invitation PDF Document
19 September – Auckland Central – 1.00pm – invitation PDF Document
19 September - Manukau – 5pm – invitation PDF Document

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

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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