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We’re separating. What will happen to our family home and other assets?

In New Zealand, the Relationship Act covers how the family home and other assets will be divided when people get divorced or end a serious relationship. If your relationship qualifies (see the Ministry of Justice website for details), your family home will likely be treated as “relationship property”.

If you and your partner can’t decide on how to divide your assets, the Family Court will make a ruling. The Family Court will typically rule that all “relationship property” be split equally.  There can be exceptions to this, where an equal split would be unjust or where one of the partners would be seriously disadvantaged.

You should consult a lawyer for more advice about your specific circumstances. 
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