About the study

The study is about how separated parents/caregivers make or change parenting arrangements for children's day-to-day care and contact (what used to be called custody and access). We are interested in the different ways that parents/caregivers make these arrangements, and their experiences of, and satisfaction with, any family justice services they use. We also want to better understand how parents/caregivers make parenting arrangements without using any (or many) of these services.

We are also interested in family justice professional's views on, and experiences with, New Zealand's reformed family justice system.

We want to find out, from both parents/caregivers and professionals, what is working well and whether any improvements are needed to better help separated families. Read the study information sheet for parents/caregivers.

We are also interested in family justice professional's views on, and experiences with, New Zealand's reformed family justice system. Read the study information sheet for professionals.

Research Team

The study is being conducted jointly by the Children’s Issues Centre and the Faculty of Law at the University of Otago.

The research team includes:

The Principal Investigators have successfully worked together for over twenty years on five previous family law research projects. Mark Henaghan (Faculty of Law) is New Zealand’s leading authority on family law, and Nicola Taylor and Megan Gollop (Children’s Issues Centre) have considerable experience in socio-legal research concerning parental separation, family dispute resolution, relocation disputes, child inclusive practice, and the perspectives of parents, children and professionals on family law issues.

Need help?

With the survey?
If you need help completing the survey we are happy to help or, if you prefer, you can take part in a confidential telephone interview. Phone us on 0800-4-PASSNZ (0800-472 776) or email us at: passnz@otago.ac.nz

With your parenting arrangements?
You can find help on the Ministry of Justice website.

With your family and/or personal situation?
Click here to see a list of support services and agencies.

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