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

Angelique Kinsman

Lawyer

Direct Dial: +64 3 265 0314
Mobile: +64 021 214 6273
E-mail: Angelique.Kinsman@saunders.co.nz
Office: CBD

I am a Lawyer in the Litigation team specialising in family law which includes completing Care of Children applications, family violence applications and handling relationship property matters. I am also experienced in traffic related offences including applying for work licences. My role includes providing logical and realistic advice to my clients and I approach this with empathy and transparency.

I graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts in 2017. Prior to Saunders & Co I have worked in general practice firms. I joined Saunders & Co in 2019 where I have enjoyed being part of a modern and progressive work environment with a real sense of belonging and collegiality.

The fast-pace nature of practising Family Law is what I thrive on. I enjoy interacting with clients and building a rapport so that they gain trust in me to problem-solve and achieve successful outcomes. I relish advocating in the Court room and prosper from the challenges that comes with litigation.

I am an active member of the Canterbury Lawyers’ Choir.

I specialise in the following areas:


What My Clients Say

“It was one appointment only. The fee was open and transparent and it resulted in safety for myself and my child. I felt valued and respected and never judged.”

 

“Angelique my lawyer was the best in this very stressful time for me.”

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:

Jordan Neville

Lawyer

Phone: +64 3 266 0083
Mobile: +64 27 215 1554
Email: jordan.neville@saunders.co.nz
Office: Ferrymead

 

I joined Saunders & Co in January 2019 after having previously worked as a Summer Clerk over the 2017/2018 summer period.

Following my admission in June 2019, I am based in the Ferrymead branch where I assist the team on a diverse range of matters. I have a strong passion in the area of litigation with a focus on employment, relationship property, family, civil and criminal matters.

I previously worked at Community Law Canterbury while completing my studies in 2018, and continue to volunteer at the Centre on a regular basis. This has provided me with a practical insight into the day-to-day realities of working with clients and an appreciation for providing legal services to the wider community.

I endeavour to provide a friendly, supportive and client-tailored approach by breaking down technical and often complex situations into clear and logical terms. Finding practical solutions to complex and often distressing situations is a priority of mine, to ensure that clients are provided with the necessary clarity and certainty moving forward.

I specialise in the following areas:

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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