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 legal 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.
There have been a number of significant changes to the way the Family Court manages disputes involving the care of children since April 2014, particularly around access to legal representation and the way in which the case is managed at the beginning of the dispute resolution process.
Visit the new Family Justice website
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.
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