Family Law

Relationship breakups are a time of extreme stress and emotion.

Details of separation, care of children and property division can be complex and extremely difficult to resolve when parties have differing viewpoints.

The Bruce Scott Muller Law Family Team are highly experienced in all aspects of Family Law. They are friendly and approachable, ready to listen to your concerns and your particular situations and advise you the best way forward.

They will advise you of your legal rights and the best possible strategies of achieving a speedy resolution to your problems.

The Team have many years of experience in the Family Court and will guide you through the process including mediation or a Court hearing where necessary.

Bruce Scott Muller Law is a full service legal firm so we have experts who can quickly assist you with the many other matters which may arise in a relationship break-up – such as: property sales and transfers, trusts and business sales.

Family Law Services Bruce Scott Muller Law can help you with

  • Separation
  • Day to day care/Contact/Shared Parenting
  • Contact with children
  • Child Support
  • Domestic Violence
  • Guardianship
  • Paternity
  • Relationship Property
  • Dissolution of Marriage
  • Property and Family Arrangements
  • Adoption
  • Property Management and Welfare Guardian (PPPR application)


Separation is the act of parties to a relationship living apart with the intention that the relationship has ended. Generally this is at different locations but separation can still sometimes occur even though the parties are still living separate lives under the same roof. 
We can help you through this difficult time and achieve the best possible outcome.

Day to Day Care (Previously Called Custody), Contact, Shared Parenting

Under New Zealand Law both parents are treated as having equal rights in respect of parenting arrangements, although for practical reasons day to day care can be given to one parent or the other. In some cases it may be appropriate for shared parenting arrangements.

We have considerable experience in working in this field and can assist with applications to the Family Court if there are any difficulties or concerns.

Contact With Children

The subject of contact can result in very emotive and stressful arguments.  Unless the court directs otherwise a parent who does not have day to day care has the right to have contact and maintain regular ongoing contact with the child.  This is important for the child.  We can work with you to obtain the best possible outcome in maintaining contact with your children in your particular circumstances.


Regardless of parenting arrangements, both parents remain guardians of the child and have equal rights on important matters such as schooling, education, religion, travel etc.

Child Support

The liable parent will be required to contribute financially to a child’s care and upbringing.  We can assist in this process.

Relationship Property

The division of relationship property on a breakup can become complicated very quickly.  We can refer you to accountants, valuers and other professionals to assist in establishing values of relationship property.

Dissolution of Marriage

Dissolution of marriage (once called divorce) is the formal ending of the marriage contract after two years’ separation.

We can assist you with an application to the Family Court to complete this.

Property and Family Rights

We can assist with the negotiation and preparation of contracting out agreements (pre-nuptial agreements)

We also complete property agreements recording arrangements between parents and children or other family members.


Formal adoption arrangements will require the approval of the Family Court.  We can guide you through the procedure.

Domestic Violence

In situations of domestic violence or abusive relationships we can assist with urgent applications to the Family Court for Protection Orders.


With the advances of DNA testing it is much easier to establish paternity of a child. These may be necessary for a Benefit application, inheritance questions or where it is necessary to establish who is the father of a child. Applications can be made by the mother, a man who believes he is the father, a man who believes he is not the father, or by someone else who has an interest to establish the paternity of a child

We can guide you through the Family Court procedure to obtain a Paternity Order or Declaration.

Property Management/Welfare Guardian

Where parents or other family members do not have Enduring Powers of Attorney and have become legally unable to sign documents, or act for themselves, an application must be made to the Family Court for someone to be appointed as manager of the affairs of the infirm person.  We have lawyers who have the experience to obtain such orders.

Contact Bruce Scott Muller Law For Personal Quality Family Law Services

For friendly and sympathetic advice from an experienced lawyer get in touch with Bruce Scott Muller Law to arrange a consultation and to discuss your requirements.  Give us a call now, or send us a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Bruce Scott Muller Law

One of the oldest established law firms in Auckland's Eastern Suburbs. Located in Ellerslie, and serving a wide area including Pakuranga, Manukau, East Tamaki, Mount Wellington, Mangere, Ellerslie, Remuera and beyond.

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