Relationship Property

For clients who have significant trusts, own businesses or multiple properties in New Zealand and/or overseas, there can be additional challenges and complications regarding relationship property.

Usually, when couples separate after being together for more than three years, the law requires their relationship property be divided equally between each party.

The law on relationship property is determined under the Property Relationship Act. Sometimes if the relationship has lasted less than three years, equal sharing may still apply if that would be considered just. For example, where there are children or one partner has made a substantial contribution to the relationship.

Some property is deemed separate property not relationship property and therefore is not shared between the parties. Superannuation, inheritances and debts may fall in to this category.

For clients who have trusts, own businesses or property in New Zealand or overseas, there can be additional challenges and complications. As a specialist family lawyer, Jeremy Sutton routinely deals with these sorts of cases.

Why Jeremy Sutton?

For the past 20 years Jeremy Sutton has specialised in high net worth, financially complex divorce cases. He knows what works to get the job done assiduously, fairly and quickly and how to protect you and your significant assets through divorce.

For more information on relationship property, request a consultation.

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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.

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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

A partner of 17yrs decided to end our relationship wanting 50% of assets accumulated by my late wife and I over a period of 30 years married, mainly our family free hold home.
Jeremy and his team were able to get a more realistic settlement with in the terms of the law, saving the family home and other valuable assets.
The relationship law can be extremely unfair and is in need of urgent review.
Kelvin Hawke

Kelvin Hawke

I am a professional colleague of Jeremy and have talked to him on a number of occasions about family law issues. I have found him knowledgeable and helpful in sharing his experience. From reading his publications I would have no hesitation about recommending him for family law advice

Chris LaHatte

Jeremy Sutton is wonderful to work with, he is not only an incredibly competent, sharp and helpful individual but he has the ability to really see the person before him. I have had only positive experiences with him.

Katarina Hejrskov

As a lawyer, I’ve worked with Jeremy on relationship property matters and have always appreciated his pragmatic and honest approach to advising clients, based on his considerable experience. And even when we don’t have matters together, being able to pick up the phone and sound out a problem with Jeremy has been invaluable.

Renika Siciliano

Jeremy has being excellent to work with and have provided accurate and professional advise , along with being supportive during a very difficult period . If you are experiencing an acuminous relationship property division , I recommend Jeremy and his team

Dean Hewetson

I have attended a few of Jeremy’s seminars. He is succinct and he gives very useful tips of the trade. He is also very generous with his time answering post seminar questions.

Kenneth Koo

I interviewed Jeremy for a news article. The information he gave me was clear, concise, and on point – he really knows his stuff. I’ll definitely be back in touch next time I need more info on finances and divorce!

Eleisha McNeill

Jeremy and his team are wonderful to work with. Jeremy himself is patient, kind, prompt in his responses, and clearly very knowledgeable.

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