GRG is not able to give legal advice on your case but we are able to give you general information about the law and the types of issues that are relevant for full time grandparent and whanau caregivers. We can also refer members to the relevant agencies or information sources.
Where to get help
Phone or visit a Citizens’ Advice Bureau
Citizens’ Advice Bureaus around New Zealand provide information about the law. Some may be able to provide initial legal advice.
Find a Citizens’ Advice Bureau near you
The Family Justice website
has information about dealing with personal and family disputes, including reaching agreement about how to care for your children after a relationship breakup.
This is a service that was first introduced in 2021.
The Kaiārahi – Family Court Navigators help whānau and families with information, guidance and support on their journey through the Family Court by helping with:
The Kaiārahi are a free service, but they do not give legal advice.
- Understanding the language, processes and outcomes of Family Court proceedings
- Where appropriate, accessing out-of-court services and support in the community to help you reach agreement about the care of your children
- Remaining engaged and involved in any Family Court proceedings by working to address any barriers that are preventing you from participating
- With your agreement they can also connect you with other agencies and services in the community to support you as needed.
Phone or visit a Community Law Centre
Community law centres provide information and other legal help. Their services are particularly for people who cannot afford to pay. They are able to give legal advice on your case.
Find a community law centre near you
Find information online
Many people can sort out more minor legal difficulties themselves if they have the right information.
Getting legal advice
If you don’t know a suitable lawyer already:
Legal Aid Services is government funding to pay for legal help for people who cannot afford a lawyer. It is available for people facing criminal charges, and those with a civil legal problem or family dispute (including family matters) that may go to court, as well as for Waitangi Tribunal.
Find out more about legal aid