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.

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