Impact of COVID-19

How am I currently operating?

Like most of New Zealand, my team is now working remotely. For the most part it is business as usual. However, face-to-face meetings are now being conducted over Zoom or phone conferences.

There will be some situations, such as swearing an affidavit or certifying a settlement agreement, where it will not be possible to do remotely.

The Ministry of Justice had advised the Family Court will continue to operate through all pandemic alert levels but on a reduced capacity, dealing with priority proceedings. Priority proceedings are those relating to safety or liberty. Cases that are not priority proceedings will be rescheduled to the next available date.


Useful resources

The uncertainty during this period will be overwhelming for many people. If you are in need of support, please contact the below helplines.

Mental Health

  • 1737 – Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor.
  • Lifeline – 0800 543 354 or free text 4357 (HELP)
  • Youthline – 0800 376 633 or free text 234
  • Samaritans – 0800 726 666

Domestic Violence

Relevant Articles

COVID-19: Will New Zealand’s divorce rate increase after lockdown?

New Zealand ranks 25th in the world for divorce rates according to a new study – but this could change after COVID-19. In this article I discuss why life after lockdown could see a rise in couples separating.

The Ex-Files: We can’t agree whether to send the kids back to school

As New Zealand moves through the COVID-19 alert levels, many new challenges are arising for parents. Whether to send a child back to school will be a hurdle for many people trying to co-parent after separation. This article explores how parents can navigate this unique challenge.

The impacts of coronavirus on family law

The effects of coronavirus are already being felt around the world and not just by people who are unwell.  Most industries are affected in some way and people are having to adapt. I am starting to see an impact on family law too.

Shared Care and COVID-19

The situation around COVID-19 has been fast evolving. The 4 category alert system was just announced over the weekend and New Zealand has entered a full lock down. This has a significant effect on existing parenting arrangements.

Approaching your relationship property settlement amongst the COVID-19

The effects of coronavirus are already being felt around the world. The impacts of coronavirus have been particularly relevant in relationship property settlements, particularly with the valuation of assets.

COVID-19: Mother distraught teenage daughter in lockdown with father who faced illegal drugs and gun charges

A distraught mother believes the co-parenting guidelines from the Principal Family Court judge, Jacquelyn Moran, during the Covid-19 lockdown- are vague and should be considered case by case. In this article, I discuss with Carolyne Meng-Yee why shared care arrangements are complicated by the Alert Level 4 lockdown.

Tips and tools for family issues during COVID-19 lockdown

The era of COVID-19 will see families facing a myriad of issues. Families may face problems regarding parenting arrangements, fluctuating asset valuations, property settlement occurring during lockdown and domestic violence. In this article, I provide some tips and tools for navigating these difficult problems.

How to progress shared parenting during the lockdown

This is a very difficult situation that the lockdown has caused for many parents. In this article, I explore the options available to keep your matter moving.

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