Christchurch: CBD – (03) 379 7690 | Ferrymead – (03) 940 2435 | Hornby – (03) 349 5111

Family Law

Our family lawyers have many decades of experience in managing sensitive and emotionally charged issues involving children and property. Pre-nups, separation or divorce all can be a challenging time for people and our advice to clients aims to reflect this with and emphasis on practical and effective solutions.

As family lawyers in Christchurch, our balanced approach endeavours to take the stress out of the process and find a solution that is in the best interests of our client.

We service Christchurch and the Canterbury region and our clients see us for advice on the legal implications of establishing a relationship or family, child custody and relationship property disputes and separation and divorce mediation as well as the creation of wills, and other matters that are not the subject of a dispute.

External links to further information

New Zealand Law Society publications:

Examples of our recent work

  • Successfully arguing for unequal division of relationship property Mauger v Mauger [2015] NZFC 570.
  • Obtaining freezing orders over bank accounts on behalf of a client in a relationship property dispute.

Get further advice from

Anna Kissick

Associate

Direct dial: +64-3-963 1461
Mobile: 027 464 3315
E-mail: anna.kissick@saunders.co.nz
Office: CBD

I joined Saunders & Co in 2016 and was made an Associate in 2018. I specialise in matters relating to family law and relationship property, including litigation. I also handle criminal matters such as traffic offences and limited licences.

Family law and relationship property cases often present challenging and emotional situations. I take a compassionate approach while being firmly focused on delivering a practical, workable resolution. This process may include giving useful advice and describing the process step-by-step to my clients.

My varied role encompasses contracting-out agreements, relationship property agreements and any litigation involved with these matters outside the Family Court. I also work on care of children and domestic violence cases which usually involves defending or applying for protection orders inside the Family Court.  Adoptions are another area of my expertise.

I enjoy face-to-face contact with my clients and gain a lot of satisfaction from resolving situations.  I also enjoys the litigation aspect of my work and how it challenges me.

I specialise in the following areas:

Sarah Bee

Partner

Direct dial: +64-3-966 7704
Mobile: 027 366 6090
E-mail: sarah.bee@saunders.co.nz
Office: CBD

I joined Saunders & Co in 2013 and was made a partner of the firm in 2018.

Working in general practice with smaller firms in Wellington has provided me with experience and expertise in a wide range of legal disciplines for private clients, such as family law including relationship property and property law with a special interest in trusts and estates.

I take an avid interest in my clients and tailor my approach to their needs. I am known for being pragmatic and direct, asking the right questions to get to the heart of a matter as quickly as possible. This is especially pertinent when dealing with family relationship matters, trusts or enduring powers of attorney. My aim is for an effective and expedient resolution for my clients.

Relationship property is a particular area of interest for me.  I assist with contracting-out agreements (pre-nuptial agreements) when clients wish to record their understanding about how property will be dealt with if they separate or die. These agreements are becoming increasingly prevalent as a form of relationship “insurance”, ensuring that both parties have an enforceable plan should they separate or one of them dies.  I also help clients to negotiate agreements and settlements when couples are separating and am highly experienced when it comes to property sale and purchase transactions.

I specialise in the following areas:

What My Clients Say

“I can highly recommend Sarah Bee – she has been an absolute star to deal with, extremely professional and I really couldn’t have asked for anyone to be more efficient. Sarah has replied after hours and in weekends to my emails, deconstructed legal terminology (!) and generally made setting up a trust, selling a house and purchasing a house a very easy, stress-free process for me. I have no hesitation in recommending Sarah and will definitely be using her services again in the future.”
Anne-Marie Grace, Auckland

 

“We have dealt with Saunders and Co for many years and most recently with Sarah Bee for a property sale transaction. Sarah has been wonderful to deal with whether via phone, email or text. Since the earthquakes, property sales in the Canterbury region seem to always be a protracted event and we thank Sarah for her guidance and good humour through the peaks and troughs.”
Anne and Barry Worthington, Auckland

 

“We would like to thank you for the professional and courteous service we received from Sarah in acting for us with the sale of the apartment. I have to say, she was excellent, and is a credit to your business. We thought things were complicated, but Sarah always explained everything so thoroughly that we were always left feeling confident. We trusted her without question. She was just so diligent and responsive.”
Joseph and Pauline Besso, Christchurch

Locations:

CBD: 131 Victoria Street, Christchurch, NZ

Ferrymead: Unit 2, 987 Ferry Road, Christchurch, NZ

Hornby: 5 Goulding Avenue, Christchurch, NZ

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