A broken relationship is a tragedy. Associated money worries increase anxiety and delay recovery.

If you are in a relationship (or are thinking of a one), we can help you.

  • We will listen carefully to you, and if you like, to both of you

  • We will identify the risks to you and your partner’s assets

  • We will assist in negotiating contracting out agreements that work; isolating assets that you need to keep separate; and to be fair to your children.

Some ideas for starting the conversation if you are considering a prenuptial agreement:

  • Don’t put things off – talk earlier rather than later.

  • Recognise that you need your partner and your partner’s lawyer  to agree that your ideas are fair.

  • Balance short term comforts against long term security.

  • Seek terms that will not provoke a future grievance or dispute.

  • Where there is inequality anywhere spell out the detail with examples.

If you are separating we can:

  • Help dividing assets in a fair workable manner

  • Register your claim on land titles

  • Advise on challenging what may be unfair or oppressive

  • Navigate valuation disputes

  • Use the Family Court process to your best advantage

And again, here are some ideas for you now:

  • Get your papers in order – valuations , bank records, correspondence, budgets

  • Look for settlement strategies when one of you wants a result faster than the other

  • stay on course, and don’t be disheartened during the process

  • Refuse to allow negotiations that have no result- better to issue proceedings

  • Ask us about a realistic strategy for you.

Chris Lucas

Garth Lucas

Linda Mulholland

Matthew Haggart

Simon Currie