What We Do

Reids can assist in all family law issues including matters relating to children, property, violence, mental health and intellectual disability.


Reids can assist in all matters regarding children, including what happens when you separate, where children go to school and other guardianship matters, Oranga Tamariki proceedings through to adoption, paternity and surrogacy. We can provide advice on: 

  • Parenting & guardianship (making important decisions for children)
  • Relocation of children within New Zealand and internationally
  • International child abduction
  • Oranga Tamariki (previously Child Youth and Family) matters
  • Child Support
  • Paternity
  • Adoption & Surrogacy
  • Representation of children in the Family Court

Property & Separation

All members of the team are experienced in relationship property matters.  We can assist you at all stages during and following separation.  We understand how difficult this time can be and will guide you through the process as cost effectively as possible in a timeframe that works for you.  We provide advice on:

  • Contracting out (“Pre-Nuptial”) Agreements
  • Separation Agreements
  • Asset Protection
  • Spousal Maintenance
  • Divorce/dissolution of marriage or civil union
  • Family Protection and Testamentary Promises claims
  • Welfare guardianship and property management


The firm provides a comprehensive service for domestic violence issues, having forged close working relationships with local agencies to assist in assuring safety for the parents as well as the children.  We can help you with:

  • Obtaining and defending protection orders
  • Obtaining and defending restraining orders

Youth Court Matters

Both Paul Reid and Emily Bruce are Youth Advocates which means that they can be appointed by the court to represent young people (currently from the age of 14 to 17) in the Youth Court. This involves providing mentorship and support for both the young person and their whanau. A key part of the Youth Advocate role is to establish a rapport with the young person and to explain to them the court process.

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