Surendra Bennett

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Surendra is a senior solicitor in the family team and works closely with Fiona McGeorge. She is passionate about family law and achieving the best results for you and your family. Surendra is experienced in all areas of family law and assists clients in all aspects including divorce, separation, child care arrangements or protecting assets.

Care of Children

Surendra can assist clients with the care arrangements for their children and getting orders for a variety of guardianship applications. Guardianship issues can include: relocating to a new area, travel, schooling, medical procedures, child's place of residence and any other important matters in a child's life. These matters can be resolved through negotiations and mediations or by making an application in the Family Court.  Surendra can assist clients though every stage of their parenting matters and has attended many hearings on behalf of her clients.

Domestic Violence

Surendra also assists clients in domestic violence proceedings. She acts for clients who are being subjected to domestic violence (whether this is physical, psychological, or economic abuse) and she can also assist clients who have had an application for a Protection Order or other orders made against them.

Relationship Property

Surendra regularly assists clients to divide their assets after a separation and understands that this can be a difficult time for an individual. Surendra's experience and practical advice will help you navigate the division of Relationship Property as inexpensively as possible. She will ensure you know your rights and will cater to your needs on an individual basis.

She can also provide pragmatic advice to clients who wish to protect their property when entering into a new relationship and can prepare and execute a Contracting Out Agreement (also known as a pre-nup) to achieve this.

PPPR - Welfare Guardian and Property Managers

Surendra can file applications on your behalf should a loved one lose their mental capacity and does not have a Power of Attorney. She appears in court for family members who are seeking to be appointed as Property Managers and Welfare Guardians and take you through the steps required to achieve this.

Surendra is a member of the Family Courts Association, the Auckland Women Lawyers' Association, the Family Law Section and the New Zealand Law Society. Surendra has also recently been appointed a member of the ADLS Family Law Committee.

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