Family Law & Relationship Property

With your best interests at heart

When it comes to Family Law, the team at Harmans is arguably one of the most experienced and successful in Canterbury. In an area that is often sensitive and emotionally charged, our Family Law specialists provide support for couples establishing relationship-based agreements, and help resolve disputes when relationships come to an end. 

By taking the time to develop a genuine understanding of each client’s individual circumstances, we can tailor solutions and plans that meet your specific needs. Our caring, empathetic team can handle all manner of family-related issues, from adoption and custody issues to domestic protection orders, providing advice and acting on behalf of our clients to ensure their best interests, and those of the people that depend on them, are in safe hands.

Our Family Law experts offer a range of services, including:

  • Adoption
  • Child care and contact
  • Domestic litigation and dispute resolution
  • Domestic protection orders  
  • Paternity issues
  • Separation and dissolution

In addition, we can provide invaluable advice on how to: 

  • Draft and comply with relationship property agreements and Court orders for estate planning purposes, tax advantages, or to insulate relationship property assets from business risks
  • Decide on how to divide property and how to finance the changes you wish to make
  • Determine how property should be shared and how the contribution of partners impacts on the division of property
  • Identify the best methods and timing for the valuation of the property
  • Identify the difference between relationship and separate property
  • Manage ongoing activities such as mortgage payments, running the business/farm, making improvements
  • Protect belongings from being disposed of or damaged by a partner
  • Settle property for the benefit of children
  • Work out temporary arrangements before property is finally divided, such as partial distribution and occupation

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Contact one of our specialists today 


Jeremy Daley -
Colin Abernethy -

Senior Associate:

Harriet Daley-


Mimi Simpson -


Charlie Robson -




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