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Spousal Maintenance - it's not about begging

Spousal Maintenance - it's not about begging
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A scrutiny of the recent case law continues to reveal differing judicial approaches to spousal maintenance reflecting the courts’ broad discretion. The seminar will provide an update of key developments in this area and will take a practical approach aimed at helping ensure that you are able to achieve the best possible results for your clients.

This seminar will include:

  • An update on current case law, including recent decisions in McQueen v Penn, Cooper v Pinney, and Scott v Williams
  • Practical guidelines for filing and prosecuting a spousal maintenance claim
  • Tips for budget preparations
  • Strategies for enforcement: how to frame an order in terms of the Family Proceedings Act 1980 and the Child Support Act 1991
  • Ideas and proposals for legislative reform.

Learning objectives

By attending this seminar you will be able to:

  • Confidentially understand the development of legal principles about maintenance, both interim and final.
  • Strategise to adopt the best approach in litigation.
  • Advise clients as to the best manner of presenting a case, particularly regards a client’s budget.

Who should attend

Intermediate level. Family lawyers, Relationship Property lawyers and General Practitioners.


A short paper, in PDF format, together with a copy of the powerpoint presentation will be emailed out prior to the seminar.


  • 4.00pm - 6.00pm (tea and coffee available on arrival)

Fee (incl GST)

In Short

  • $115 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $165 - Non-members
  • Live web stream group pricing available! Click here

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Auckland 6 November
Live Web Stream 6 November


Viv Crawshaw photo WEB EDIT Vivienne Crawshaw
Barrister, Hobson Chambers, Auckland

Vivienne has been in practice as a barrister sole since 2008. She has appeared as counsel in a number of relationship property and children’s cases. Vivienne has presented papers on a range of family law issues to NZLS CLE and other organisations.

Headshot (3) WEB EDIT Lynda Kearns
Barrister, Bastion Chambers, Auckland

Lynda has been a specialist in all aspects of family law for many years. Her practice primarily relates to cases involving relationship and trust property as well as estate matters, including family protection claims. Lynda advises on custody, access, Hague Convention cases and maintenance, including spousal maintenance. She has particular expertise in the area of child support. Lynda has senior counsel for the child status and is routinely appointed to act for children, as counsel to assist the Court or as amicus. She has presented numerous seminars on a variety of relationship property- and trust-related issues and matters relating to children.


Cancellation and refund policy

If written notice of cancellation of a registration arrives before the day of the seminar we will refund the registration fee, less an administration fee of $40. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute - to correctly assign CPD credit, CLE must be notified in advance. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel or reschedule seminars if necessary.

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