Break-up law up for review
Concerns over the fairness of property law when couples break up or divorce have led to a review by the Law Commission.
A Law Commission roadshow is coming to Palmerston North on Friday, and would like to hear views on how to simplify the often complex issues surrounding break-ups.
Law Commissioner Helen McQueen said Friday’s roadshow was about scoping the issues.
‘‘Dividing property when a relationship ends can be challenging. The law needs to help people divide their relationship property in a simple and fair way.’’
The Property (Relationships) Act that sets the rules for how to divide a couple’s property at the end of a relationship, has been law since 1976, with de facto relationships included in 2001.
‘‘New Zealanders have changed a lot since the law was first written,’’ McQueen said.
‘‘Our anecdotal reports of repartnering show that the old patterns are gone.’’
To discuss these issues, the commission is holding a public meeting at the Ferguson St Leisure Centre on Friday from midday to 1.15pm.