Early intervention in New Zealand Family Court cases
Boshier, Peter; Taylor, Nicola; Seymour, Fred
In April 2010 the New Zealand Family Court introduced the National Early Intervention Process (NEIP) to diversify its previous unitary dispute resolution pathway into two tracks (standard and urgent). A “triage” model is now in use to assess and assign cases appropriately. This article outlines the key milestones in the Family Court's 30-year history which have led to this new initiative to reduce delays and help avoid the escalation of family conflicts over the care of children into bitter and intractable disputes. NEIP represents the most overarching reform of the Family Court since the Court's inception in 1981.
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons
Rights Statement: © 2011 Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Keywords: New Zealand Family Court; family dispute resolution; early intervention; parental separation
Research Type: Journal Article
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