I will protect you and your assets during a divorce

I specialise in New Zealand divorce cases where there are significant assets including family trusts, complex business structures, high income and multi relationship property ownership.

Pre-Separation Stage

You want to know your rights and options in terms of separation.

You will have almost certainly been through counselling which has not worked. One party may have had an affair, and typically, your children are at secondary school or older and you are 45 or older.

Often you (or the other party) will have a small to medium-sized business, which you/they operate. You will usually have at least one family trust, a family home and sometimes other companies are also involved.

Come and have an initial consultation to understand your rights and options, and then you will likely to come back to me six to nine months later when you have finally separated.

Point of Separation Stage

Either you or the other party has just left, or is about to leave, the family home.

The most common questions you will have are:

  • what happens to joint bank accounts?
  • what contact should the other party have in relation to children?
  • for fathers, can I have some sort of shared custody regime?

You may be talking to each other and may be able to reach resolution without major recourse to the lawyers. At this point, you are usually in low to medium conflict.

If you haven’t seen me before, an initial consultation is normally very valuable to answer your questions about what comes next.

Post Separation Stage

You want urgent advice and reassurance, with a plan of action to resolve the matter.

Usually you are not talking to each other, there can be high conflict, and you are usually in court. Typically you will have been separated from the other party for three to six months. You may have an existing lawyer that you are not entirely happy with.

Often the other party will have filed family court proceedings or written a letter to that effect. There are usually, but not always, children involved. It is common to have issues involved with economic disparity and spousal maintenance.

At this stage you need more active advice and representation, on an ongoing basis – which starts with an initial consultation.

Consultation & Fees

We agree on a set fee for all the work I will do on your case, rather than charge you an hourly rate at the end of the work.

The first step is an initial consultation ($1150 – GST incl) which is a face-to-face meeting to give me an accurate measure of your legal position and the work needed to be done to settle your divorce quickly.


Forget me not: Starting a new romance when your partner has dementia

May 13, 2019
70,000 New Zealanders have dementia. Teresa Cowie of Radio NZ looks at what happens if you meet a new partner while your spouse is still alive and we talk about the legal issues that may arise.

The Ex-Files: When you marry into a family business

April 29, 2019
Trust ownership can complicate a marriage break-up. In this NZ Herald article, I look at what happens when someone has married into a family business and all the assets are owned by a trust.

Orders for sale: The Family Court or the High Court?

April 26, 2019
How do you know when you should be applying to the Family Court or the High Court?

The Ex-Files: My divorce is dragging on

April 24, 2019
Question: I have been separated from my wife for three years. We have three children aged between 7 and 11. All this time, we have been going back and forth between lawyers, and are no further along with making any decisions.

Google Reviews

My husband and I recently used Jeremy to help with a custody issue from a previous relationship. Jeremy was great to work with, highly skilled and professional, and achieved our desired outcome. Communication was great, especially as we live overseas and had a difficult time difference to work around. Jeremy and his team were fantastic and we highly recommend.


Having a complicated relationship come to an end, I had initially used another law company to undertake my settlement. Unfortunately, this company let me down on many aspects. After spending a considerable amount of money and almost 12 months of back and forth litigation, I had gotten nowhere close to a resolution. I found Jeremy Sutton online and did my due diligence. After engaging with him, I felt much more confident that a solution could be met promptly. Communication was great, and I knew where we were at every stage of the matter. Unlike the first company I used, Jeremy was easily reachable and gave me the clear options I had available. His focus was more on a settlement than litigation, which is what I wanted.
A settlement was reached and I was able to move on with life. Overall a great experience on something that is far from a pleasant situation. I highly recommend using Jeremy Sutton.

G Joyce

Jeremy is an experienced ‘down to earth’ lawyer. He has empathy to your situation and understands your wants and needs. He gives good solid advice with no BS. He drills right down to the issues that mater most. He is easily contactable and always has the end result in sight, even in some cases it can take months to achieve.

Don Graham

Jeremy Sutton is both bright and sympathetic – in other words he gets what is needed and is mindful of the clients needs and considerations. He is a pleasure to work with – his approach is refreshingly quick, positive, and the advice clear and helpful – if only all professionals were like that !
I had the pleasure of interviewing him on the radio and he was impressively open, fast with his ideas and incredibly helpful – any using his professional skills will be blessed with the association – he brings confidence to an otherwise “difficult time!”

Annabelle White

Jeremy and his team have been wonderful, professional and always available to answer any queries. Jeremy is trustworthy, caring and very knowledgeable; no doubt the best in his field! His approach is always honest, clear and in your best interest. Highly recommend Jeremy and his lovely team.

Sarah -

I am going through the legalities of separation now. Some of the process has been tricky and has been made longer by the actions of the other party. I feel totally supported working with Jeremy. Jeremy assesses people and situations skillfully, providing expert knowledge and advice in a straightforward way.

Alice Gostelow

I found Jeremy Sutton excellent to work with to support and conclude a complicated separation process I had been working through. Jeremy provided pragmatic and informed advice, was very proactive and always available. Jeremy explained options very carefully and for me a lot of the stress associated with the wider separation was removed knowing I had such good support. Jeremy was respectful of the wider context throughout. I would have no hesitation in recommending Jeremy’s services.

Chris Boalch