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.
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 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.
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.
Family Law Section Xmas functions
More info: Rotorua FLS Xmas Party invite, PDF File, 356.9 KB - no RSVP necessary
Family Justice system seminars
The Ministry of Justice is holding a number of free seminars throughout the country.
||Time (90 mins each)
||Tue 26 Nov
Wed 27 Nov
|Novotel, Cathedral Square
Novotel, Cathedral Square
||Thu 28 Nov
|Scenic Circle Southern Cross, cnr Princes and High Sts
||Fri 29 Nov
|Chamber of Commerce Building, cnr Leven and Esk Sts
To confirm your attendance at a seminar please email firstname.lastname@example.org
providing the following information:
• Your name
• Location of the seminar
• Date and session time
• Your family justice role (e.g. Lawyer, Mediator, Counsellor, PTS Programme Provider)