Two cases decided in 2017 have relevance to the Courts' approach to relationship property. Zhang v Li  NZHC 129 provides a cautionary tale about the very common practice of parents assisting children and their partners with the purchase of immovable property. Scott v Williams  NZSC 185 provides insights into the Supreme Court’s approach to the question of economic disparity and its effect on the division of property.
- Learn more about how the parties’ intention at the time of gifting is key to the Court’s decision, and how to prepare for cases where this may be in doubt.
- Gain insights into the economic realities the Courts will focus on when dealing with disputed gifts or loans, and in cases where there is a claim for an adjustment to the distribution of relationship property based on disparity.
- Develop a better understanding of the Court’s approach in Scott v Williams and implications of the judgment in relationship property disputes.
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Jeremy specialises in family law, with an emphasis on complex relationship property cases.
Jeremy has extensive family law and general litigation expertise. He is a past convenor of the Family Courts Association. Jeremy is a trustee of START and a court approved lawyer for child.
Stephanie leads the family law team at Tompkins Wake.
She specialises in family, matrimonial and trust law, particularly in the areas of relationship property disputes and claims against estates and trusts.
Stephanie has presented a number of seminars.