Help resolving issues that can arise concerning consent, privacy breaches and disclosure of STIs
Scoping of options in NZ and overseas, obtaining assistance from donors and surrogates, and resolving disputes with fertility clinics
Help with issues concerning birth certificates, child support, citizenship and inheritance
Entering into financial agreements during relationships and sorting things out post separation
Applications to the Family Court to adopt a child and assistance for adopted adults seeking information about their adoption
Identifying and contacting potential relatives at any stage in life
Help navigating practical and financial issues that can arise from an unplanned pregnancy
Paternity clarification through genetic testing, applications to IRD for child support refunds, and dispute resolution
Feel free to contact me and I’ll let you know if I can help
I'm an open-minded millennial lawyer accredited by the NZ Law Society to provide legal advice. Primarily I work with members of the public but I also assist organisations. My areas of expertise are family law, medical law, privacy and legal ethics.
I have experience assisting clients in a wide range of matters - you can disclose anything and ask questions without embarrassment or judgment. I provide a range of legal support, including: forward planning, risk management, communication with others on your behalf, drafting of formal agreements, applications to the Ethics Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology, and legal representation in court.
"My partner and I are about to start IVF treatment and have some questions about the consent forms that our fertility clinic has asked us to sign. Some of the decisions we need to make seem pretty major, like what we will do if we separate during treatment or one of us dies."
"I'm a single woman considering having a child with a sperm donor. I need some advice on whether to go on a fertility clinic waitlist or go down the "DIY" route and find a donor myself online."
"We are a couple considering having a child with the assistance of a surrogate sometime in the next couple of years and just need an overview of our potential options both in New Zealand and overseas so that we can plan ahead."
"My sister has asked me if I will be an egg donor for her and her husband who have been struggling with fertility issues. I want to help but I just need to talk to someone seperate from my family about what this means for me before I make a decision."
SEPARATION DURING FERTILITY TREATMENT
I separated from my partner after two years of of fertility treatment. We have some remaining embryos and I want to keep trying to have a child on my own but I'm not sure if I'm able to do this and how to talk to him about this."
I've recently discovered I'm pregnant and I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed as it was unplanned and I don't know the father well. I need some advice on how to navigate the next year or so."
"I've just found out I might not be genetically related to my son, who I've raised for the last four years with my partner. We separated and she told me she had been having an affair around the time my son was conceived. I'm really confused and need some advice to work out what to do next."
"I was adopted as a child and know very little about my birth mother or father. I need some help finding information about them and if I have any other relatives who are alive and might want to meet me."
"I have a terminal illness and had a son as a young man before marrying and having two more children (who are all now adults). I'd like to track down my son before I die and leave him something in my will but I'm unsure how to do this and when to communicate this to my family."