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Reviewing the Property (Relationship) Act


13 December, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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PUBLIC MEETING with the Law Commission, Te Aka Natua O te Ture.

Improving the law for dividing property when relationships end.

• When should the law treat two people as a couple?
• What property should they share if they break up?
• And what property should only belong to one of them?

The Law Commission is reviewing the 40-year-old Property (Relationships) Act, which sets the rules for how to divide a couple’s property at the end of a relationship.
In the last forty years, New Zealand has changed a lot. This includes the way relationships and families form, how they function and what happens when relationships end.

On 16 October the Law Commission will publish Dividing Relationship Property: Time for Change? – Te mātaatoha rawa tokorau – Kua eke te wā?
This paper asks New Zealanders how the law could be better. The Issues Paper, a summary document and the online consultation platform can all be accessed from 16 October at prareview.lawcom.govt.nz

Members of the Law Commission’s team reviewing the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 will be available to answer questions and hear your feedback following publication of the Issues Paper at a series of public meetings being held around the country. Nelson’s public meeting will be held at Fairfield House.

Some of the questions the Commission is asking are:
• Does the law apply to the right relationships?
• Is the right property being shared?
• What should happen when trusts are used to hold property?
• What should happen if one person is financially worse-off after their relationship ends?
• Is tikanga Māori recognised?
• How should the law meet the interests of children?
• How can the law be inexpensive, simple and speedy while still being just?
• Should the same law that applies when a couple separates also apply when one partner dies?

Talk to us: prareview.lawcom.govt.nz
Listen to the Nine to Noon interview http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/2018619698/breaking-up-is-a-50-50-assets-split-out-of-date