New Zealand has changed since law was assented four decades ago, says top official
On 16 October, the Commission will launch a paper that asks New Zealanders how the law can be simpler and fairer. Among other things, it will seek their thoughts on:
- when the law should treat two people as a couple
- what property they should share if they break up and
- what property should belong to only one of them
"Dividing property when a relationship ends can be challenging," said Commissioner Helen McQueen. "The law needs to help people resolve their relationship property matters in a just and efficient way. The Property (Relationships) Act 1976 affects nearly every New Zealander, either directly or indirectly. It’s important that everyone has a say."
The Commission will launch a consultation website on 16 October. Over the next two months, public meetings will be held across the country so people can share their stories.
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