Family Disputes

What I offer you

I am here to help. Your dispute is very important. It needs the best possible outcome. It is vital that you choose the right mediator. By choosing me, you will have the benefit of proven expertise, experience, commitment and professionalism. My track record is highly successful. Check out the site. Contact me on a no obligation basis. Give me a ring. Send me a message. I would like to assist.

My special family expertise

I practised family law for more than 30 years representing both adults and children  in the Family Court.

I also represented  teenagers charged with criminal offences in the Youth Court.

Additionally I have mediated many hundreds of family and other disputes.

This combination of legal and mediation expertise is possibly unique in NZ.

Family Dispute Resolution (FDR)

I am a provider (mediator) under this  scheme which commenced on 31 March 2014

I am credentialled as FDR mediator with the NZ Law Society and the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of NZ.

For more information about FDR and how I can help you, click here: Family Dispute Resolution (FDR)

When I can help

I can help you when:

  • You and your partner are still together but there is conflict which you wish to avoid getting worse.
  • You are about to separate or have recently separated and are keen to settle things amicably.
  • You have tried to sort things out on your own but got stuck.
  • You are involved in a difficult, entrenched, longstanding and bitter dispute.

Who I can help

  • Partners and spouses 
  • Parents
  • Children
  • Grandparents
  • In-laws
  • Siblings
  • Step family members

Types of Disputes I Mediate

I mediate all types of disputes relating to children, including:

  • relationship property
  • day to day care and contact
  • guardianship issues, for example schooling, extra-curricular activities and overseas travel
  • relocation
  • child support
  • spousal maintenance
  • estates and wills (family protection and testamentary promises)

Fair and Affordable Fees

Nigel Dunlop's fees

Mediating Outside Nelson

I am a Nelson mediator, but also mediate throughout New Zealand, and overseas.

Although mediating outside Nelson gives rise to travel expense, I am at times willing to absorb that expense.

Standard Agreement to Mediate

My standard agreement to mediate sets out some basic terms and conditions which can be modified as required:

Standard agreement to mediate

 Domestic Violence and Power Imbalances

Domestic violence and power imbalances

What  Now?

Contact me if:

  • You are still considering whether to engage me as your mediator and want more information
  • You have decided to engage me and want to know what to do next.

You might be assisted by:

How to engage Nigel Dunlop as your mediator

Getting Ready For a Mediation

Take a look at:

How you should prepare for successful mediation.