International Divorce & Family Law: New Zealand

New Zealand grants divorces on the basis of separation.  New Zealand legislation sets quite strict guidelines as to how financial outcomes are to be decided.  Interestingly, the approach is similar to that in Scotland, perhaps no surprise as historically there was such a strong Scottish immigrant influence.  Inheritances etc are excluded and often premarital property is also excluded, limiting the division to what was accumulated during the marriage (if anything).

Child maintenance is dealt with by the collection agency.

We are specialist international divorce lawyers and family solicitors and we have advised numerous clients who are either UK-based but originate from New Zealand, or are living outside of the UK but have a connection with England or Wales.

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Australia & New Zealand

The scenarios below do not relate to any individual clients of ours but the facts and the outcomes relate to some similar experiences in our practice.

Australian Property

The Scenario

Mr and Mrs B moved to Australia in retirement. They separated and their lawyers there were negotiating a financial settlement. They owned two houses in Australia. Mr B had a substantial pension from the U.K. They also owned a commercial property in England held through an offshore corporation.

Our Solution

We advised Mr B's Australian lawyers as to how a share of his pension could be directed to Mrs B, and how to assess the value of that. We also advised as to whether an Australian order could be effective to deal with the commercial property, and what could be done to effect an agreed settlement if Mrs B gave up any claim to it. Subsequently we obtained "mirror" consent orders in England.

Lost Marriage Certificate

The Scenario

Mrs H is a dual Australian and British national and moved to London six months ago.  Her husband is based in Australia.  Mr and Mrs H were married in Argentina and Mrs H does not have a copy of the Marriage Certificate.  Mrs H is concerned as to what to do.

Our Solution

We first of all tried to locate the Marriage Certificate from Argentina.  However, the authorities had kept no central record of the marriage.  We therefore had to apply on the strength of evidence provided by Mrs H including a photo of the wedding.  We were successful in this application.  The divorce then proceeded.

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We are a specialist divorce and international divorce family law firm, advising clients in the United Kingdom (specifically England and Wales) and throughout the world. We have a very people–orientated approach to working with clients. Our principal Henry Brookman has practised law for over 40 years, and our team has a wide range of skills and expertise. We are recommended by the Legal 500 and have been awarded the Law Society’s quality mark, Lexcel.

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Henry Brookman

Henry Brookman is the founding Partner of Brookman Solicitors, described by The Legal 500 as ‘shrewd, savvy, sagacious and highly experienced’.

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Talitha Brookman

Talitha is a Partner in the firm and a very experienced practitioner. She has been exclusively practising family law for over 15 years and is a recognised expert in her field.

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Aziz Malik

Aziz is an Associate Partner at Brookman. He is highly regarded for his expertise on financial matters in divorce and has been recommended by the Legal 500.

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Kevin Danagher

Kevin specialises exclusively in family law, advising on all aspects of relationship breakdown, divorce, same sex marriage, marital agreements, and international family cases.

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Jennifer Douglas

Jennifer is a talented solicitor, experienced in all elements of family law, including high net worth financial proceedings, Children Act proceedings and financial claims.

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Gavin Yeung

Gavin has excellent experience in family law including divorce and financial proceedings and international child abduction proceedings involving Hague Convention countries.

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Lorraine Imms

With over 20 years' family law experience, Lorraine can advise on divorce, matrimonial finances, cohabitee disputes, nuptial agreements and private children matters.

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Lorna Martin

Lorna is our Office Manager who oversees the operations of the firm including providing accounts support as well as secretarial support to the team.

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Evdokia Dikova

Eva is an AAT qualified accounts manager and holds full AAT membership (MAAT). She gained her degree in financial accounting from the University of Economics in Bulgaria.

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Victoria Delatouche

Victoria is a highly experienced Legal Secretary and a long-standing member of the team. She provides secretarial support for the office.

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Michelle Louison

Michelle provides secretarial support to Henry Brookman. A very experienced family law secretary, Michelle has worked in law for over 12 years.

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Patricia Antonio

Patricia is an experienced secretary and office administrator, handling the calls that come into the office, greeting clients, and managing office presentation.

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